HEAD Racquet Rebel Andy Murray has become the second HEAD player in the ATP Top 3 as the Scot won the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai and took over the third ranking spot from Roger Federer. Murray now stands among the elite of the sport after defeating Spain's David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4. I was really happy with the way I stayed focused, it's hard to explain," said Murray. "It's almost you'd think the more matches you win, the less pressure you feel.”
The victory achieved with his YouTek Radical Pro completes an October Asian trophy hat-trick for Murray, who vowed to move up into the Top Three by the end of this ATP season. The 24-year-old did that and more as he won three titles as many weeks - Bangkok, Tokyo and now Shanghai - claiming his fifth trophy of the season and 21st of his career with his China achievement.
"This has been one of the best runs of my life," said Murray, "I've played very well over the last few weeks. I really wanted to win today and defend this title. I managed to come through. Shanghai is one of my favourite places, I've always played well here." The victory in one and three-quarter hours was the second straight at the Qi Zhong arena for Murray, who improved to 8-1 overall in Masters 1000 finals.