Andy Murray has suffered a setback in his quest to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, after being knocked out of the Shanghai Masters by David Ferrer 2-6 6-1 6-2.
The Scotsman made an impressive start to the third-round tie losing just four points on his serve in a fantastic display in the first set.
But Ferrer came out the much stronger in the second set, aggressively taking on the British number one, who's second serve became less reliable.
ATP hopes fading
Murray now drops to 10th in the 'Race to London' standings, having being overtaken by 32-year-old Ferrer.
Murray needs to climb into the top eight to have any chance of making the finals, though he may have to claim seventh, due to the eighth spot going to a 2014 Grand Slam champion ranked between eighth and 20th. Croat Marin Cilic, who won the US Open, is currently ranked sixth.
Had the Brit beaten the world number five today, he'd have moved to just five points off of eighth place.
The defeat means Murray is more likely to play in the Valencia Open in order to try and claim the 500 points on offer to the winner, further increasing his already hectic schedule. But if he decides against that, he may have to win the Paris Masters at the end of October to have any chance of competing at the indoor tournament at the 02 Arena.
11th seed Murray who had started brightly, was dominated in the second and third round, winning just three points from a possible 18 on his second serve.
Ferrer, who lost to Murray in the final of this tournament in 2011, will now play world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals