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Murray secures sixth title + death of rugby coach

andy-murrayTennis – Andy Murray won his sixth title this year by beating Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

The Scot recovered from a first set wobble to win 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 against the Spanish world number 19 who knocked out Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

Murray now edges closer to the number one slot after notching up his third Shanghai Masters title.

It follows last week’s victory in the China Open, and means he has won 23 sets over the two tournaments and the Davis Cup tie against Argentina.

He told Sky Sports: “I have been moving forward better and changed the direction of the ball better. I have also come up with some bigger serves when I have needed them.

“My goal wasn’t to finish number one at the end of this year but in the early parts of next year there is an opportunity – 900 points doesn’t seem like loads.

“But Novak will win matches. He is the best player in the world. I don’t think he has lost an indoor game in a long time.”


Rugby – Anthony Foley, head coach of Munster Rugby, has died suddenly at the team hotel in Paris where they were staying ahead of today’s game against Racing 92.

The European Champions Cup game was postponed after news of the 42-year-old former Ireland international’s death.

A statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union said: “The IRFU and Munster Rugby pass on our deepest sympathy to all of Anthony’s family and friends.”

It added: “We ask for privacy for the family at this sad time.”

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