Andy Murray claimed the 40th singles title of his career and fifth of the year by beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the final of the China Open in Beijing.
The world No 2 saw off an aggressive but inconsistent Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 (7-2) in one hour, 57 minutes.
Murray is hoping to replace Novak Djokovic as the world’s No 1-ranked player and his victory in China closes his deficit to the Serb by 500 points to 4,195.
Murray said: “It was a great week for me. Today’s match was a very high-level match. Grigor fought right to the end and made it extremely tough to finish it in two sets.
“It’s been an excellent week and I’m very happy with the way that I have played the last couple of matches. I will look forward to Shanghai now.”
Murray’s previous wins this season came at Wimbledon, the Olympic Games, Rome Masters and Aegon Championships.
He will now travel to the Shanghai Masters, which started on Sunday.