Andy Murray eyes chance to usurp Novak Djokovic as world No1 after Shanghai Masters success

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ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters 2016 - Day 8
Murray has won six titles in 2016 (Source: Getty)

Britain's Andy Murray insists chasing down Novak Djokovic and usurping the Serbian at the summit of the world rankings is within reach after winning the Shanghai Masters.

Murray defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who posted a semi-final victory over Djokovic, in straight sets, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, as the Scot won his sixth title of 2016.

The 29-year-old has accrued just 915 points fewer than Djokovic this year, while being crowned champion in his next two engagements, in Vienna and Paris, could be enough to dethrone 12-time grand slam winner Djokovic.

“My goal wasn’t to finish No1 at the end of this year but in the early parts of next year there is an opportunity – 900 points doesn’t seem like loads,” said Murray.

“But Novak will win matches. He is the best player in the world. I don’t think he has lost an indoor match in a long time.”

Victory over Bautista Agut was the 41st title of Murray’s career and continued the reigning Olympic champion’s blistering form. The evolution of his game has not gone unnoticed by Murray himself.

He added: “In the last few months, I have won a lot of matches and made improvements.”