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Murray wins third Shanghai Masters title


09:28, October 17, 2011

Andy Murray of Britain poses on the awarding ceremony after defeating David Ferrer of Spain at the men's singles final match of the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament at the Qizhong Tennis Center in Shanghai on Oct. 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

SHANGHAI, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Awesome Andy Murray won his third straight Shanghai Masters title after edging David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday .

The 24-year-old Briton will leapfrog Roger Federer to number three in the world rankings to be released on Monday.

Murray fought off serious challenge from the the Spaniard but ultimately had too much for the world number five, wrapping up his eighth Masters title in one hour 45 minutes.

It is the third ATP tour title in as many weeks for Murray, who was victorious at the Thailand Open and Japan Open during his 15-match winning streak.

He has won 25 of 26 matches since mid-August, his only defeat coming in the US Open semifinals to Rafael Nadal, whom he beat in the Japan Open final.

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