World number two Andy Murray slashes the gap to just 915 points from the out-of-sorts Djokovic, who was shocked by Spain's Bautista in the semis Photograph: (AFP)
The Briton won the Masters title without dropping a single set in the tournament to gain ground on world number one Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray beat Roberto Bautista in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters and close the gap on world number one Novak Djokovic.
The win on Sunday means that the world number two Briton has won his last ten matches in straight sets.
Murray won seven points in a row to grab the first set tie-breaker and broke his opponent thrice in the second set to win the final 7-6 (1), 6-1.
With this win, Murray trails Novak Djokovic by just 915 points.
"I believe I can get there. I definitely believe I can get there. These last few months have proved that to me," Murray said when asked about his ambition to be the world's best tennis player.
"I may never get another chance to be number one, so I'll give it my best shot to do that while I have the opportunity."
Though Djokovic started the year in imperious form by winning the first two majors. But Murray has enjoyed a splendid run in the second half of the season, becoming the first tennis player to defend his Olympic gold medal and his second Wimbledon.
Bautista, who beat an out-of-sorts Djokovic in the previous round, said of Murray: "I think I can see it in his eyes. He's really focused on getting number one."
Nineteenth-ranked Bautista was playing the first Masters final of his career.
The win at Shanghai was Murray's sixth tittle of the year, and his 41st of his career.
(WION with inputs from AFP)