15:46 10 October 2016
Andy Murray has beaten Grigor Dimitrov in the China Open final ending a near-faultless week in Beijing. Murray secured his fifth singles title of 2016 and 40th of his career.
After the match, Murray said: "It's been the most consistent year of my career, getting to the latter stages of most of the events I have played.”
"It was a great week for me. Today's match was a very high-level match. Grigor fought right to the end and made it extremely tough to finish it in two sets.
"It's been an excellent week and I'm very happy with the way that I have played the last couple of matches. I will look forward to Shanghai now."
World number 20 Dimitrov made it through the final after Milos Raonic, his semi-final opponent, was forced to withdraw due an ankle injury.
Murray’s China win takes his total points to 9,845. However, he still trails Novak Djokovic in the No spot on 13,540. The two will be reunited in Shanghai.
Djokovic still has a healthy lead but Murray is within striking distance. Murray is even better placed to make a run at the top spot in 2017 where Djokovic has titles to defend at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.
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