Just a day after Scotland drew 1-1 with Lithuania in the World Cup qualifying rounds, Andy Murray secured his fifth singles title of 2016 and the 40th of his career by beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6 in the China Open final.
Although the Bulgarian played well, the British number 1 and world number 2 didn’t have any major problems as he progressed through the tournament without dropping a single set. Sadly but still adding a swell to British pride, another Brit was doing well, but Johanna Konta was beaten 6-4 6-2 by Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s final.
The world number 1 Novak Djokovic had been unable to compete in this tournament due to injury and if Murray continues in this vein, he could find himself becoming world number 1.
Gibraltar who had hoped to perhaps gain a point in their match against Estonia, lost 4-0 and now have to face Belgium whilst England were ok, beating Malta 2-0 under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate and then play somewhat more dangerous Slovenia away on October 11.