Murray Wins 2011 Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray Shanghai

Andy Murray continued his fine run of form with yet another title in Asia, this time defending his Murray Shanghai Masters title he won 12 months ago.

He beat David Ferrer 7-5 6-4 to complete an Asia hat-trick and claim his second masters and fifth title of the year. Murray is now 8-1 in Masters finals.

Murray had already won in Japan last week and won in Thailand two weeks ago bringing his current winning streak to 15 wins a row. He has now clocked up 25 wins in his past 26 matches stretching back to Cincinnati.

David Ferrer, ranked fifth in the world was competing in his second masters final of the year having lost out to Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo. Murray had to work hard to win the match as Ferrer matched the Scot well in the initial stages, they both traded breaks of serve early on before a costly double fault in the 11th game handed Murray a second crucial break, that allowed Murray to serve out the set in the next game.

They once again traded breaks of serve at the start of the second set before Murray got the final break of serve in the 4th game and from the there Murray showed huge confidence on his own serve as he served out the match. He flew down 7 aces in 5 service games in the second set and won 87% of first serve points.

His victory in Shanghai means Andy Murray will climb ahead of Roger Federer in the rankings to number three in the world, pushing the sixteen time grand slam winner down to 4th in the world rankings for the first time since 2003.

Murray now heads back Europe for the Paris Masters and potentially one more 500 series event. This was Murray’s 8th Masters series win – would he trade them all for a Grand Slam title?