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    Third time lucky on the smash for Nishikori as Murray defends for his life, but can do nothing about the third - Nishikori leaping high in the air to ensure no return. Another winner brings up 0-30 and he has the chance to bring up three match points, but screws his backhand wide off a high kicking Murray second-serve. However, a dump into the net from a distraught Murray brings up two match points and he sends a simple backhand long to hand Nishikori his first win. Superb stuff from the Japanese player, but having worked so hard to qualify for this tournament, Murray looked weary. 
    11/9/2014 3:52:17 PM
    11/9/2014 3:56:27 PM
  • 11/9/2014 3:59:16 PM

  • 11/9/2014 4:04:32 PM
  • Excited about the first win at the #FinalShowdown .
    Doing some quick media after
  • Murray plays the loser of tonight's Federer-Raonic match on Tuesday and he's got it all to do to progress in the tournament now. We'll bring you his reaction as soon as he appears in front of us here...
    11/9/2014 4:12:14 PM
  • 11/9/2014 4:46:11 PM
  • Murray will speaking to us at 5.15pm, so we'll see what he has to say about that performance...
    11/9/2014 4:58:39 PM
  • 11/9/2014 5:27:15 PM
    Andy Murray has just spoken to the media and admits is up against it if he wants to reach the last four now...
    I didn't serve well enough today, that was the biggest difference. When you're not serving well, it's difficult to dictate the points. He dictated a lot of points behind my second serve. That's where he had the upper hand and that was the difference.

    We both struggled at the start of the match - the conditions when you play with no one in there and then when it's full, it's warmer and the ball is a bit more lively. He started to feel more comfortable at the end of the first set.

    11/9/2014 5:29:13 PM
    He did have words of praise for Kei Nishikori, who recorded his first win against the Scot at the fourth attempt.
    He's playing with more confidence and because of that he's able to take more chances and be more aggressive than he was previously, but he's always been a tough guy to play against because he can take the ball early. Even when you get the ball in difficult spots on the court, he's a good shotmaker. He's a bit more consistent now too.

    11/9/2014 5:30:06 PM
    Murray was asked whether his gargantuan effort to qualify this week was the reason he was off-colour today, but he insisted he did not feel flat - he just didn't play well enough on the day and unlike other tournaments, he will get the chance to put it right on Tuesday.
    I felt okay on the court. It wasn't the reason I lost the match. I need to win my two matches and win them well if I want to go through. I'm going to have to play ether if I want to get through.

    I still have a chance, unlike other events. If this was anywhere else I would be out of the tournament. I need to work on some things tomorrow and try to improve for Tuesday.

    11/9/2014 5:33:23 PM
  • Just met this rabble. Not sure who they're supporting tonight...

    11/9/2014 6:57:52 PM
    Tonight's match features the other two players in Andy Murray's Group B, Roger Federer and Milos Raonic. They are scheduled on court from 8pm, once the current doubles match is over.
    11/9/2014 7:26:09 PM
    As he does with almost every player on the planet, Federer has a very good record against Raonic, winning six of their seven meetings. However, His only defeat came in their last meeting at the Paris Masters last month. This will be the fifth time they've met on a hard court. 

    As if to underline Federer's resurgence this year, the 33-year-old is poised to become the oldest player finish a season in the top two of the rankings, where he has been for 10 of the last 12 years (2011 and 2013 the exceptions). He's playing in this tournament for a record 13th consecutive year, having won it six times in three different cities. 
    11/9/2014 7:32:11 PM
  • 11/9/2014 7:55:17 PM
    Raonic is the first Canadian singles player to qualify for the season-ending event and the big-serving 23-year-old has 1,093 aces to his name this year. He's reached the quarter-final or better at 13 of the 18 tournaments he has played in since returning from an ankle injury in March. Fresh from reaching the Paris Masters final - where he beat Federer in the last eight - he will be confident tonight.

    11/9/2014 7:55:26 PM

  • 11/9/2014 7:56:35 PM
  • .@andy_murray down but not out at #FinalShowdown : "You need to try to forget about today."

  • Here come the players, we're almost set for the evening match-up. The arena is buzzing, with both players getting a huge reception. 
    11/9/2014 8:04:05 PM
  • That's a very natty cardy that Fed is wearing in his warm-up. Will try to get a good pic...
    11/9/2014 8:08:04 PM
  • Oh, he's taken it off already. 
    11/9/2014 8:08:21 PM
    Here we go then. Federer to get us underway, decked out in a bright red shirt, and Raonic takes the first point of the match with a good deep return off the Fed second serve. A long forehand hands the Swiss his first point at 15-15, but a lovely cross-court winner immediately puts Federer under pressure. He answers with three good serves to get on the board.

    11/9/2014 8:16:13 PM
    Raonic is wild with a forehand, but goodness that serve is big. Fed does well to return, but it's short and allows Raonic to dictate the point from the net, only to put a backhand long. Three break points to follow as Raonic again loses out at the net. He saves one with a boomer down the middle, saves another with another boomer down the middle, but can't save the third as he dumps a backhand into the net and Fed has an early break.
    11/9/2014 8:20:52 PM
    Fed's in a hurry here, racing to 40-0 with some trademark, sliced backhands and clinical finishing at the net, and he seals the deal with a lovely cross-court winner out of nowhere. 
    11/9/2014 8:23:18 PM
    Raonic needs a foothold in the match and his serve is the way in. Ace, ace, ace, Fed mistake and the game is done in seconds. That was easy now. 
    11/9/2014 8:26:28 PM
    Fed is seeing plenty of open court at the moment. He's forcing Raonic wide on the serve and setting up some easy winners. A rare unforced mistake of his own extends the game by a point, but Raonic puts the next one just wide. He hasn't had a look-in on Federer's serve as yet.
    11/9/2014 8:29:07 PM
    At 30-0, a perfect block return from Federer finds the corner and Raonic then puts a straightforward forehand long to leave himself under pressure. That increases as Fed pushes him around the court - Raonic's lack of mobility costing him dear - and he flays a forehand on the run well wide. A big serve saves break point, another one gives him the advantage, but he loses that with a dink on the charge lands in the tramlines. Fed then persists in testing Raonic's backhand and it eventually fails to set up another break point, which Fed wins courtesy of an awful forehand from the Canadian that flies very long. 
    11/9/2014 8:38:12 PM
    Fed wastes no time seeing out the set and that's been a 25-minute masterclass from the man. Raonic may have beaten him in Paris in October, but that was near-perfect from Fed.
    11/9/2014 8:39:23 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 0-1 RAONIC
    Raonic's sixth ace of the match sets up a love game for the Canadian - much needed after the mauling of the first-set. He's on his way.
    11/9/2014 8:43:02 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 1-1 RAONIC*
    Raonic visibly trying to loosen himself up between points - he's feeling the nerves out in this huge arena. Fed, by contrast, looks ready to order pizza and watch a film. A love game for him.
    11/9/2014 8:45:12 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 1-2 RAONIC
    A lovely cross-court winner from Federer and a Raonic double-fault puts the Canadian under pressure at 30-30. He responds well, but Federer forces deuce with another pinpoint block-return and drop-shot combo that has his opponent flailing. Raonic takes an extra couple of seconds to compose himself before serving, but it makes not a jot of difference as he thumps a backhand into the lower half of the net to set up break point. Better from Raonic this time as his approach to the net is solid and he finishes the smash well. Two more aces see him safely to his chair on serve.
    11/9/2014 8:54:05 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 2-2 RAONIC*
    Federer still moving well, Raonic less so and the six-time champion races to 40-0 before Raonic recovers to deuce. A big Federer serve gives him the advantage, but he then pushes a forehand long and this is the first time he's been made to work for his service game. A fine cross-court forehand from Ranic then clips the line to set up break point, but Roger responds with some classic serve-and-volley. Back comes Raonic - this time it's his turn to persist with testing the Fed backhand and Fed fails, setting up another break point. This one ends with a Raonic top-edge to square-leg and we're back to deuce again. This time it's the old serve-and-volley/ace combo that finally sees out the game for Federer.
    11/9/2014 9:02:54 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 2-3 RAONIC
    Raonic is finding his range and hitting his forehand with much more conviction. He's finally settled in these surroundings and wins this game to love very convincingly. Federer forced to do a lot of running for no reward.
    11/9/2014 9:05:50 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 3-3 RAONIC*
    Under pressure for the first time in the match, Federer steps up and looks to be cruising at 40-0, but back comes a rejuvenated Raonic with some big shots from the baseline to win five points in a row and earn a break point. Fed responds by hitting the line and a couple of wild Raonic forehands later we are at 3-3 in the second.
    11/9/2014 9:12:38 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 3-4 RAONIC 
    Raonic looks poised to race through a service gam, but a wasteful volley on the run 40-15 gives Federer a sniff, which is extinguished by a weak return into the net. Raonic's service games rattling by much quicker than Federer's at the moment.
    11/9/2014 9:16:26 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 4-4 RAONIC*
    Federer scrambling again as Raonic has him on the run - his groundstrokes are infinitely better this set - but at 15-30, Federer pulls out a wonderful dipping cross-court winner from behind the baseline and just like that he levels it up at 4-4.
    11/9/2014 9:20:05 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 4-5 RAONIC
    Another backhand winner from Federer, but Raonic is dictating these points and Federer is having to produce brilliance to stay in the games. At 30-30, Federer has a chance to pile on the pressure, but his return off the second serve is weak and Raonic puts it away with ease. He follows that with a big serve and Federer is now serving to stay in the set.
    11/9/2014 9:24:40 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 5-5 RAONIC*
    An inexplicable error from Federer at 30-0, who has the simplest of volleys, but allows it to shank off his racket. No matter, he holds for 5-5. 

    11/9/2014 9:28:58 PM
  • FEDERER* 6-1 5-6 RAONIC
    A fortunate net-cord denies Federer the chance to pile on the pressure at 30-15 and Raonic capitalises with two more big serves for 6-5.
    11/9/2014 9:32:04 PM
  • FEDERER 6-1 6-6 RAONIC
    Federer falls 0-30 down in the game - this is where champions respond - and a big serve is followed by a rare - in this set at least - Raonic missed forehand to level it up. Raonic responds with a simple pass as Fed drops short to set up break point and set point - but two wild forehands and one wild backhand later and it's game to Federer. Raonic tightened up just at the crucial moment there.
    11/9/2014 9:37:32 PM
    A fat net-cord pushes Raonic's forehand out of play and Federer has the early mini-break in the tie-break. Two big serves later and he's 3-0 up. Oh no, Raonic double-faults and having been in charge for much of this set, this is slipping away from him rapidly. A weak forehand into the net follows and it's 5-0. Surely Fed won't lose it from here... he moves 6-0 up with a pass that Raonic reaches but dumps into the net and wins it at the first time of asking as Raonic hits his return long. Harsh on the Canadian in the end there, who improved dramatically in the second set.
    11/9/2014 9:42:20 PM
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