Murray took just 48 minutes to beat America’s Donald Young 6-2, 6-0 in Bangkok and cap a successful first tournament since last month’s US Open.
And the Scot then set his sights on overhauling Roger Federer as world No3 in the few remaining hard court tournaments that form the climax to the 2011 season.
“Roger always plays very well on the European indoor courts, so I’m sure I’m going to have to win a lot more matches if I want to finish as No3,” said Murray.
“That’s the goal and I’ll keep working hard to give myself a shot at doing that.”
Murray, whose previous 2011 wins came at Queen’s Club and in Cincinnati, barely put a foot wrong against world No55 Young, whom he also defeated on his run to the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows.
He will be hoping to continue his encouraging form at next week’s Shanghai Masters event, while a return to home soil for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 looms next month.