Defending champion Novak Djokovic is out of the Shanghai Masters after suffering a straight sets defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal match yesterday.
While defeated Gilles Simon in straight sets to reach his second successive final in Asia.
The 29-year-old will play Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard shocked current number one Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final.
It will be Murray career-best 10th final of the season following last week’s success at the China Open in Beijing and he is continuing to close the gap to Serbian Djokovic at the top of the world rankings.
Although Murray is confident of becoming the world’s best player, he is realistic in his chances of achieving that feat this year.
He told Sky Sports: “I said that I want to try to get to number one, but this year is going to be extremely difficult.
“The loss (by Djokovic) helps me a little bit, but I’m still quite far away from him, so I’m not thinking about the number one ranking this week or right now.
Bautista Agut, playing in just his second Masters semi-final, had never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings but produced a superb display to see off the Serb 6-4 6-4 and seal a spot in Sunday’s final.