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  • Murray defeats Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6, 6-1 in final
  • Straight-sets victory extends Murray’s winning run to 10 matches

 

Andy Murray was not thinking about replacing Novak Djokovic as the world No1 at the start of the year. Now, after winning his sixth title of 2016 thanks to a comfortable 7-6, 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, it is a realistic target.

Back when Djokovic crushed Murray in the Australian Open final in January, before meting out similar treatment in the French Open in June, the Serb looked untouchable. But it hardly needs to be pointed out that nothing lasts forever – after all, last week began with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dropping out of the top four for the first time in 13 years – and while Djokovic has found it impossible to shake off the physical and mental dip that started with his shock defeat by Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, Murray has been in the form of his life in recent months, inching ever closer to his great rival at the top of the rankings.

The Wimbledon and Olympic champion’s win against Bautista Agut, who stunned Djokovic in their semi-final on Saturday, cut the deficit to 915 points. Murray has adjusted his target. “My goal wasn’t to finish No1 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,” the Scot said.

Murray’s determination to keep expectations at a realistic level was understandable, although there is a chance that he could overtake Djokovic on 7 November, with the ATP World Tour finals in London still to come. The complex nature of the ATP rankings system means that victories for Murray in Vienna this week and the Paris Masters next month, combined with Djokovic failing to reach the final in Paris, would take him to No1 for the first time in his career.

For now, however, Murray is urging caution, pointing to Djokovic’s outstanding record in indoor tournaments. Djokovic is the defending champion in Paris and he is unlikely to let go of his London title without a fight. “Novak will win matches,” Murray said. “He is the best player in the world.”

That last point is debatable given recent results. Murray has played some wonderful tennis since impressing during the clay season, winning his second Wimbledon with a composed victory over Milos Raonic and defending his Olympic singles title with an epic victory against Juan Martín del Potro in Brazil. There have been disappointments – the quarter-final defeat by Kei Nishikori at the US Open and losing his rubber against Del Potro when Argentina beat Great Britain in the Davis Cup semi-final last month, but Murray has mostly been impeccable.

“In the last few months I have won a lot of matches and made improvements,” Murray said. “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.”

He was far too strong for Bautista Agut, the world No15, despite a brief wobble at the business end of the first set. After he broke in the seventh game Murray’s concentration faltered when he served for the set at 5-4, wasting three set points and allowing Bautista Agut to break back.

However, he blew the Spaniard away in the tie-break, winning it 7-1, and he was ruthless in the second set, racing away with it despite dropping his serve when he led 2-0. He responded by winning four successive games, overpowering Bautista Agut with his groundstrokes, to claim his third Shanghai title without dropping a set throughout the tournament – the same impressive feat he produced to win his first China Open title the week before.

It is all building up to a fascinating finale. The momentum belongs to Murray at the moment. But the Scot knows better than anyone never to write off Djokovic, who has proved beyond doubt that he is the ultimate fighter.Heather Watson and Naomi Broady were beaten 6-3, 6-1 by sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan in the doubles final at the Hong Kong Open.

Reviving a partnership that saw them win through two rounds at Wimbledon this year, Watson and Broady enjoyed a strong week in the doubles after early singles exits. It was their first final together, but the long-standing friends found their experienced opponents too strong.

The Chan siblings collected their third trophy of the year, cementing their place among the world’s elite doubles players.

Broady said on BT Sport: “I want to congratulate our opponents. You’ve had a fantastic year, you’re in the top five in the world for a reason and you were too good for us tonight so well done.

“I want to thank my partner. We’ve been best friends since we were about nine years old so to arrive at a final together on the same side of the net is just awesome, and I really enjoyed playing with her.”

An airline flight ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is spreading fast after reports some phones have caught fire.

Carriers in Australia, Asia and Europe put the phone on a prohibited list over the weekend, which comes after the US banned the device last week.

Carriers flying to the US inevitably had to follow suit, but the bans are spreading worldwide.

In addition to several flag carriers taking action, Air Berlin, Dragonair and Virgin Australia now have bans.

Qantas and its discount carrier Jetstar said in a statement: “The ban applies to devices being carried onto the aircraft, in carry-on baggage as well as check-in luggage.”

Virgin Australia issued a similar announcement, but added that passengers were “strongly advised” not to bring the Note 7 phone to airports.

Air Berlin has banned the phones with immediate effect. Larger German rival Lufthansa has a ban on flights to the US, but is reportedly planning to impose the restriction across all flights soon.

Singapore Airlines said on its Facebook page that “the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be prohibited from being brought on board all our flights in person, in carry-on baggage or checked-in baggage with effect from 16 October”.

Samsung recalled around 2.5 million phones in September after complaints of exploding batteries.

While it later insisted that all replaced devices were safe, there were reports that those phones were catching fire too.

The company then said it would stop Galaxy Note 7 production.

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Kumar Sangakkara will return for Surrey next season after agreeing a new one-year contract.

The great Sri Lankan batsman will be back at The Oval at the age of 39, his club have announced.

A statement on the county’s official Twitter account read: ‘Surrey CCC are very pleased to announce that Kumar Sangakkara has signed a new one-year contract for the 2017 season.’

Knowing how much people freak about all things Disney and weddings, we predict this bridal collection to cause a bit of hype. Designer Alfred Angelo showed Princess-inspired dresses at his New York Bridal Fashion Week show.

The bridal company (America’s oldest – FYI) first launched the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings bridal collection back in 2014, with dresses inspired by Cinderella, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel, Tiana, Snow White, Repunzel and Sleeping Beauty. Since then he’s expanded the capsule, bringing in Frozen’s Elsa, from last year, alongside colourful designs.

In New York, he debuted Mulan and Pochahontus dresses, too, completing the collection of 11 dresses so Disney-centric brides-to-be can emulate any one of their favourite princesses.

The collection was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, an experience, fashion and advice service that provides all kinds of bonkers ideas like ballrooms, carriages and castles.

Read: The Most Popular Wedding Dresses On Pinterest

‘We are excited to have two powerful and brave heroines serve as an additional source of inspiration for the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings collection this year,’ says Bill Pesce, Head Designer at Alfred Angelo. ‘Their independent spirits, diverse story-telling and strong personalities are characteristics that modern brides can relate to.’

Check out this season’s Disney-inspired designs…

Pochahontus

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Mulan

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Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty)

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Ariel (from The Little Mermaid)

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Entrepreneurs need little convincing that technology is important, rapidly evolving, and likely to have a profound impact on their businesses. But keeping track of developments, and knowing where to focus one’s attention, is anything but straightforward. Analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers(pdf) say the impact of constant technological breakthroughs represent a “megatrend” – a change so big that “every business should develop an emerging technology strategy”. They have highlighted eight key areas that all businesses should pay attention to.

Artificial intelligence

The artificial intelligence market is growing rapidly and forecast to be worth$36bn by 2025. Prof Michael Feindt, a former Cern scientist and now chief scientific officer at predictive applications company Blue Yonder, says machines can learn from past experience better than humans can and are very effective at making unbiased predictions. Feindt says this is a powerful tool in highly competitive, low margin markets such as retail. But machine learning takes time and requires a lot of data. “The most important piece of advice I would give to small businesses is to keep all business-related data – don’t throw anything away,” says Feindt. “Data is valuable.”

Augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality and its better-known cousin virtual reality (VR) are coming to the fore and revenues from these industries are forecast to reach $120bn by 2020. But PwC innovation consultant Jeremy Dalton, says there are clear differences – VR is an “immersive experience” whereas AR provides the ability to place a virtual image into a real environment. A car engine manufacturer, for example, would be able to create a holographic image of a proposed design. “You’d be able to walk around it, look closely at all the different parts and understand the idea before it has been created,” Dalton says. “This has huge implications for businesses involved in manufacturing, architectural design and prototyping.”

Blockchain

Blockchain is best known as the ledger that records all bitcoin transactions. But entrepreneurs have spotted there are many uses of blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) and investment is pouring in. Prof Andrei Kirilenko of Imperial College Business School says DLT has the potential to disrupt countless industries and is the “next big thing” for financial services. “Blockchain, or DLT, is a bunch of computer code that literally anyone with a computer or a smartphone can use to create, exchange and record value,” says Kirilenko. “A very useful side effect of this technology is a complete, immutable and, at the same time, freely observable record of transactions.”

 

Because the blockchain is effectively unhackable, it can work as a highly trusted source of information. This enables users to validate themselves and others, speeding up transactions and trade. “From an economist’s perspective, lots of value can be unlocked through this technology by allowing individuals to supply or demand valuable resources without permission from the governments or financial institutions,” Kirilenko adds.

Drones

Dr Kevin Curran, senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, says the rapid advancement of drone technology, combined with a desire to reduce fuel costs, means drones will become commonplace over the next five years – PwC estimates the market will be worth $127bn by 2020. Curran predicts supermarket deliveries, aerial photography, advertising at public events and security/surveillance will all make use of drones soon. But he warns businesses to take note of concerns regarding safety, privacy and of Civil Aviation Authority regulations. “Drones have rapidly developed in a short space of time,” says Curran. “In the future, we could well see businesses look to the skies.”

Internet of Things (IoT)

Researchers at Gartner estimate there will be 6.4bn “things” connected to the internet by the end of 2016. Heidi O’Leary, principal consultant at Market Gravity, says she expects to see big growth in “smart home” technology such as smart thermostats, connecting lights and security systems, as well as wearables such as smart watches, fitness and payment devices. O’Leary says many of these products are in their infancy, but expects “substantial scale over the next five years”, although she says there are still big challenges in convincing consumers there is value in these items. “Most industries are still working out how to create customer value from IoT, and therein lies the opportunity for small businesses and startups,” she says. “Entrepreneurs can act quicker and don’t have to adapt big legacy systems and data architectures to the world of connected devices. However, big businesses have the data and the scale and therefore we see a great opportunity for collaboration.”

Robots

Experts say the global robotics and automated devices market is now entering a smarter phase and will be worth a predicted $226bn by 2021. Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, which has created parts for Nasa missions to Mars, says collaborative robots (cobots), which can “mimic and learn” tasks from humans, are set to revolutionise workplaces. There are many applications, he adds, from material handling and automotive manufacturing to dispensing in pharmaceutical and food processing that cobots could help with. “A human worker can stand next to a robot, hold its hand and guide it through a delicate task. This movement is perfectly recorded in real-time and the software can begin to automatically programme the necessary commands, allowing the robot to repeat this task again and again,” he says.

Virtual reality (VR)

Dr Wendy Powell, lecturer in VR at the University of Portsmouth, says the affordability of VR now makes it within reach of even the smallest of businesses. “It offers a huge range of opportunities for business, from product visualisation to virtual tours, training employees in safety-critical processes, even improving health and wellbeing of staff and customers,” she says. “Larger businesses have been using VR for quite a long time for product design and visualisation, as well as simulation and training. The difference now is that cost is no longer a barrier. Even the smallest business could consider investing in some 3D product marketing, such as a 360-degree video virtual tour.”

3D printing

Prof Hari Mann of Ashridge Executive Education predicts the 3D printing market will revolutionise manufacturing as a whole, enabling the creation of affordable, bespoke products produced locally. The sector is estimated to be worth more than $30bn by 2022. “I think we will see much faster delivery of items, including bespoke items, as they will be printed locally,” Mann says. “Businesses need to start thinking about how they can adapt and interact with these technologies when they become more affordable. They need to start to plan for how they will use 3D printing in the future.”

 

 

 

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