- Andy Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 on Sunday morning
- World No 19 Bautista Agut was blown away in the second set in China
- British sensation Murray was on fire in his 10th final of the year
Murray ended his spell in the Far East without losing a set in the 20 that he played here, beating Spanish No 15 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1), 6-3 to claim his 13th Masters title.
After also winning the China Open in Beijing last week, it means Murray has now cut the gap on Novak Djokovic to 2,415 points.
MURRAY vs DJOKOVIC
It is possible that Murray could become world No 1 for the first time as soon as November 7, although that would likely require back-to-back titles in Vienna and Paris and for Djokovic not to reach the semi-finals in the French capital.
Murray said: 'The last few months I've played very well in all of the tournaments and obviously happy to be back in the final again here. I've been coming here 10 years now and I've enjoyed it every year.'
Bautista Agut had lost to Brit Kyle Edmund in Beijing last week but had bounced back in style in Shanghai, not dropping a set on his route to the final, which included the biggest victory of his career against Djokovic in Saturday's semi-finals
He got himself out of a bit of trouble at 0-30 down on serve in the fifth game with some big swings on the forehand side but Murray did not have to wait too much longer for the break, edging ahead for 4-3 with a deep return which forced the backhand error from his opponent.
Moving so well around the court, Murray looked to be cruising but then could not serve out the first set at 5-4 after having three set points. He made amends in the tiebreak, however, winning seven consecutive points from 1-0 down to finally seal the first set after 65 minutes.
Breaks were exchanged in the early part of the second set but Murray broke again for 3-1 as Bautista Agut played a poor service game and the Brit took control from there.
Murray had the chance to serve out the match at 5-1 with the cushion of a double break and he quickly brought up three match points, only needing one as he clinched his 41st career title with a smash.