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Summary

  1. Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic 6-1 7-6 (7-0)
  2. Kei Nishikori beats Andy Murray 6-4 6-4
  3. Format split into two groups of four, competing on a round-robin basis
  4. Relive Andy Murray's match from earlier today via Live Coverage tab
  5. * Denotes next server

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Roger Federer holds a glass vase aloft and is presented with a bottle of champagne. Take That's 'Greatest Day' booms out of the sound system, though I'm sure Federer has had plenty of days greater than this. He thanks the fans and his coach Steffan Edberg. There's no sign of this ceremony coming to an end any time soon so let's call it a day and reconvene tomorrow afternoon at 14:00 GMT when Stan Wawrinka takes on Tomas Berdych. Cheerio for now. Thanks, as always, for your contributions.

Roger Federer remains on the court because he has a couple of awards to collect, which are the Steffan Edberg special sportsmanship award and the fans' favourite award. Success after success after success, it's enough to make you sick. I'm joking, of course.

Federer joins Kei Nishikori at the top of the Group B standings after the world number five earlier beat Andy Murray. The second round of matches on Tuesday will see Federer take on Nishikori and Murray versus Raonic.

"I was very happy with how I performed and thanks for the ovation when I entered the building," says Federer, to whoops and whistles from the crowd. "The second set was much tougher, it was an important set to win. I don't think he played a great breaker but it was a great one to win.

"It's a small relief, but we have a tough group here so it's always going to be hard advancing but it brings me a step closer. I'm looking forward to playing Nishikori now."

Game, set and match

Federer 6-1 6-6 (7-0) Raonic

A perfect tie-break from Federer, but a disappointing end to what was an intriguing second set. Raonic had recovered after Federer's explosive start in the first set but he ran out of steam when it mattered most.

Federer 6-1 6-6 Raonic*

Raonic slaps a forehand into the net and the Canadian wilting. He once again fails to negotiate the barrier, directing a volley into the tape to present Federer with a 6-0 lead at the changeover. Just the six match points.

Tie-break

Federer 6-1 6-6 Raonic*

Raonic continuing with the high-risk strategy but, sometimes, trying to tame Federer is like trying to bottle lightening. The Swiss 3-0 ahead. Raonic then double faults, gifting Federer a 4-0 lead and there seems to be no way back from here.

Federer 6-1 6-6 Raonic*

Wild from Federer on the forehand, gifting Raonic a 0-30 lead. Surely the Swiss won't crumble? Of course not! Federer reins his opponent in to 30-30. Federer decides to serve-volley on the second serve and is punished by Raonic, who passes him at the net for break point. Oh boy. Federer saves and Swiss flags are flying as the world number two holds, with Raonic missing two returns.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There is an interesting sub-plot developing on Federer's second serve. Raonic has been trying to step in but Federer has responded by going for big second serves. It will be interesting to see what happens in this next game. Raonic has to keep going for it.

*Federer 6-1 5-6 Raonic

Federer has failed to make it out of his group just once in his 12 appearances at the ATP Finals. Answers on a postcard if you know the year Federer failed Actually, don't bother, I might as well tell you because I can't reward correct answers with prizes. It was in 2008. Another trouble-free hold for Raonic and we could be heading to a tie-break.

Federer 6-1 5-5 Raonic*

Federer opens with an ace, his fourth of the match. A second serve ace eases him to within a point of holding. The Swiss comfortable - although there has been one ugly-looking netted volley from Federer. Nevertheless that can be forgotten because Raonic botches a return and Federer holds to 30.

*Federer 6-1 4-5 Raonic

Raonic gambling like a high roller at a Las Vegas casino and, in this game at least, it's paying off. The young Canadian overpowering Federer from the baseline - but the moment Raonic steps towards the net Federer passes him with a looping backhand crosscourt winner. From 30-0 to 30-30 we go, but Raonic nudges ahead once more with a fine driving volley at the net. A boomer of a serve to the wings, which Federer returns well wide, and this set has tie-break written all over it.

Federer 6-1 4-4 Raonic*

Canny from Raonic as he wrong-foots Federer with a backhand into the corner. It's not often you see Federer floundering on the baseline. From 15-15 to 30-30... But an ace from Federer, followed by an overcooked Raonic forehand, seals the deal for the Swiss.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Roger Federer hits a return
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Raonic has done exactly what he needed to do after that first set where Federer wiped the floor with him. He's made some inroads into Federer's serve and could have made more of the break points. It looks like we're heading to a tie-break.

*Federer 6-1 3-4 Raonic

Raonic is one of three players. along with Federer and David Ferrer, to reach the quarter-finals or better at seven ATP Masters 1000 tournaments this year, but you don't come up against the world number two in the first round of a Masters tournament. The Canadian has responded positively in this set, though, after the Federer whirlwind in the first set. A confident hold and these are interesting times.

Federer 6-1 3-3 Raonic*

At 40-0, Federer attempts a drop shot, but it's ugly, dribbling towards the net. But if you're 40-0 up then you can take such risks - or can you because a rasping Raonic backhand down the line reduces the arrears and Federer coughs up a double fault! Deuce. Eke. Momentum is with Raonic as he collects a break point but Federer comes up with a kick serve to halt the Canadian's momentum and eventually he pulls through.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Raonic was really dictating to Federer. He can't afford to be neutral. He's got to be brave. It was very impressive from Raonic because it wasn't just a case of him coming out and serving aces.

*Federer 6-1 2-3 Raonic

Milos Raonic stretches to hit a return
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Raonic winning the baseline battle in this game, and by keeping the points short he's stopping Federer from dominating. A drive volley concludes an impressive hold for the Canadian.

Federer 6-1 2-2 Raonic*

Federer's serve proving too hot to handle as Raonic overcooks a return. Federer merrily skips to a 40-0 lead but, undeterred, Raonic continues with his high-risk strategy and his aggressive returning starts to pay off - 40-15, 40-30, 40-40...Federer rattled for the first time in this match.

A superb Raonic return kisses the tramline, earning the Canadian a break point but danger averted for Federer and we go to deuce for a fourth time. A second break point for Raonic... opportunity passes him by and Federer calms the storm - a volley at the net followed by an ace to level matters.

*Federer 6-1 1-2 Raonic

A rare error from Federer, who slaps a forehand into the net but there's more positives than negatives to speak of. This isn't a match for lovers of lengthy rallies, it's all about sharp-shooting. Short and sweet. Raonic advances towards the net, but is forced to watch a whipped Federer forehand fly by. A needless error from Raonic, a double fault allowing Federer to level at 30-30.

To deuce we go, Federer levelling with a delightful drop shot. The Swiss working his opponent from side to side and Raonic gets his timing all wrong, into the net his forehand goes. Break point Federer. But Raonic, taking his time between points, saves with a smash. Eventually he pulls through, two aces helping him nudge ahead.

Federer 6-1 1-1 Raonic*

Federer's impressive form continues and Raonic can do little to prevent the Swiss from holding to love.

*Federer 6-1 0-1 Raonic

Milos Raonic hits a forehand return shot
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Raonic needs to hold this opening game with ease and he does so. Accurate and potent serving, with Federer netting a backhand to allow the 23-year-old to hold to love.

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Adam Haigh: If Raonic wants a repeat result against Federer he's going to have to do more than just serve big and hit to Federer's backhand

Game and first set

Federer 6-1 Raonic*

Roger Federer celebrates
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There's no way back from here for Raonic, or is there? No, no there isn't. The Swiss has been completely dominant, gliding around the court, soaking up the Raonic serve while forcing the Canadian into rash groundstrokes. In under 30 minutes, Federer has wrapped up the first set and Raonic must come up with another plan.

Federer breaks

*Federer 5-1 Raonic

From 30-0 to 30-30 and Federer sowing some more seeds of doubt. These are nervous times for the youngest competitor in the finals. Raonic goes long, presenting Federer with a break point, but makes amends with a scary ace out wide. Five aces so far from the Canadian.

A second break point for Federer, Raonic shooting an adrenalized forehand into the tramlines and another wayward forehand, this one sloppily looping wide, seals the game in Federer's favour.

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Commentator David Law sets a quiz for Colin Fleming: "Who are the six players Federer has beaten to win his six titles?"

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Fleming managed to get three if you were listening on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

Federer 4-1 Raonic*

Both players rattling through the games as if they've just remembered they have a West End musical to attend. Federer might arrive before curtain fall at this stage, holding to 15 to close in on the set.

*Federer 3-1 Raonic

Roger Federer hits a forehand
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Federer has slightly tweaked his technique this year, his forehand has less swing and more snap and he's improved his footwork. But not even a twinkle-toed Federer can respond to Raonic's booming serves in this game. A 145mph ace from Raonic to go 40-0 and the spectators look on wide eyed in disbelief. A nerve-easing hold for Raonic.