British number one, world number two and double Olympic champion Andy Murray added the China Open to his list of 2016 victories earlier today after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in the final.
This was Murray’s first ever China Open title as well as his fifth singles victory of 2016 and fortieth title of his career to date. Another great week of competition by Murray who didn’t drop a single set during the tournament held over the last week in Beijing. It was also a great week for British tennis with British number one Johanna Konta finishing as runner-up in the WTA event and Kyle Edmund making it to the quarters before he was defeated by Murray.
Murray will now head to Shanghai to compete in the ATP Shanghai Rolex Masters where World number one Novak Djokovic will be back in action after missing the China Open due to injury.
The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Shanghai is pivotal to the players still battling to qualify for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Gael Monfils, Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych are all competing in the ATP Race To London looking to earn points at this week’s Shanghai event. David Goffin and Japan Open champion Nick Kyrgios are also chasing points to try and secure their places in next month’s tournament at the O2 in London. Canadian Milos Raonic is the fourth player to confirm his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals alongside Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka.
Read more about Murray and Konta in previous post Tennis Talk: Success in China Open for Murray and Konta