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Summary

  1. Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic 6-3 7-5
  2. Murray now needs to beat Federer in third match

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London

"The annual tradition of media-room maths panic has set in early this year as 'qualification scenarios' are tossed round the room. Basically, all four men in Group B can qualify and a straight-sets win for Murray over Federer is likely to be enough. The way Federer is playing, it should come with a guaranteed semi-final place anyway. Get back top us tomorrow and we'll have the complete picture. Maybe."

Tomas Berdych will take on Marin Cilic tomorrow afternoon and they will be followed by a mouth-watering evening clash between Novak Djokvoic and Stanislas Wawrinka. The pair have previous so we could be in for a treat. Bye for now. Thanks, as always, for your contributions. Join us for more tennis on Wednesday.

Murray, then, avoids defeat and elimination and receives a high five from his coach Amelie Mauresmo. A match to savour on Thursday between Murray and Federer - but before we focus on that there are Group A matches to focus on.

Murray still signing super sized tennis balls, flags and posing for a picture or two. "Andy! Andy!" screams a young girl and the Scot walks towards her with pen in hand.

An improved performance from Murray but he will have to step up to another level if he is to beat Federer on Thursday. The Swiss has been masterful in this tournament, beating Raonic and Nishikori in straight sets. Who will win the battle on the court - and who will win the battle of the supporters?

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Andy Murray celebrates his win over Milos Raonic
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Andy Murray celebrates his win over Milos Raonic

On Murray v Federer: "We hear them both say it is a pleasure to play each other, but they get under each other's skin on court and really want to beat each other.

"I'm expecting a real fierce encounter on Thursday. I'd probably put Federer favourite for the match, but he's already won twice so I'm going to predict a very close match won by Andy Murray."

"I'm very proud to receive it," says Murray. "It's been a tough couple of years, obviously with Ross Hutchins, he got cancer last year and managed to get through it which was excellent. And then, this year with Elena Baltacha passing away. It was very tough. It puts things into perspective and it's great to give back and try to do as much as you can and I'll try to do as best as I can for the rest of my career."

Murray stays on court to receive his Arthur Ashe humanitarian award, which is a nice-looking glass vase. On the big screen, the crowd watch a video montage of Murray's charity work, and so does Murray although he must know all about it. Take That's 'Greatest Day' booms from the sound system, like it did for Roger Federer the night before. A bottle of champagne for Murray, too.

"It's a nice match on Thursday to look forward to, it'll be a great atmosphere again," says Murray of his final Group B match against Roger Federer.

"It's always a pleasure to play against Roger. He's one of the greatest players that's ever played so to get the opportunity to play him in an atmosphere like this is excellent."

"It's nice, obviously last year was tough to miss with the back surgery but I'm very happy to be back, it's an unbelievable court to play on," says Murray.

"On Sunday, there wasn't much magic. Today I came up with some good shots in the right moments. Milos didn't serve as well as he can and that helped."

Game, set and match

Murray 6-3 7-5 Raonic*

Raonic digging in his heels, battling to 30-30. The crowd lift the volume... "Thank you," says the umpire. Murray taking charge from the baseline, punching and probing until Raonic sends a forehand into orbit. Match point. Raonic wallops a tame 77mph second serve from Murray so to deuce we go. Knees are knocking, hearts are beating.

An anguished groan from Raonic as he goes long when all he had to do was keep the ball in play. Second match point Murray. Raonic long again. Hang on, was it in or out? Raonic challenges, replays show the Canadian was out by some distance. Murray lives on!

Murray breaks

*Murray 6-3 6-5 Raonic

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Time to doff the hat as Murray produces a magical crosscourt backhand winner on the opening point. Raonic did little wrong, his opponent just has cat-like reflexes. At 0-30 the crowd sense this could be Murray's time... the decibels rise... but they're soon deflated as Raonic nicks a point to halve the deficit. "Fault" screams a line judge and the crowd know that means only one thing - two break points Murray.

Murray absorbing whatever comes his way, chucking a few flamethrowers back at Raonic's way and the Canadian, stooping to his shoelaces at the net, is unable to get his attempted volley over the barrier. A buoyed Murray skips towards his chair for the changeover.

Murray 6-3 5-5 Raonic*

To steal the words of Aretha Franlkin, Murray has performed like a see-saw in this set. He looked like a man about to conquer all before him at the start of the set, but now the lights have dimmed and there's only the occasional flicker of brilliance. Talking of brilliance, Murray with an ace out wide to hold to 15.

*Murray 6-3 4-5 Raonic

Murray muttering something or other from the baseline as Raonic takes the first point; his face contorting like a walnut as prepares to face another Raonic boomer. Unforced errors, though, are stopping Raconic from running away from Murray - although he does launch an ace to the wings to conclude a hold to 15. Two sets or three?

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Milos Raonic
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Kayley Jay: "Blimey. Just when I thought Milos was going to lay down and die... he breaks."

Alex Haworth: "It's nice to see that Murray finds it as frustrating as the rest of us when he breaks and then gets broken back straight away."

Justin Hames: "He's getting his game on just in time! Murray has no chance if Raonic keeps playing like this #BelieveInTheSleeveTop"

And on the text, Colin, in Lancashire, says: "Murray is infuriating, a brilliant player yes but he has never been on Federer, Djokovic or Nadal's level, they coast to victories and hardly ever drop their level, whereas Murray makes every match so hard on himself."

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Murray 6-3 4-4 Raonic*

Raonic's first serve percentage in this set has gone from 38 to 61 over the last two games. The 23-year-old is also asking more questions of Murray serve, racing to a 0-30 lead. But sloppy errors from Raonic allows the Scot to drag himself back into contention at 30-30 and the Scot wriggles free; faulty forehands the problem for Raonic.

*Murray 6-3 3-4 Raonic

It's been a while since we've seen an ace so Raonic launches one and there's also a touch of showmanship from the young Canadian in this game as he leaps like a salmon to slam dunk from the middle of the court. A trouble-free hold to love for Raonic. An entertaining one, too.

Murray 6-3 3-3 Raonic*

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Feather-soft touch at the net from Raonic, who has won nine of 11 points at the tape. The Taylor Swift fan then unleashes a bulldozer of a winning return down the line to nudge 0-30 ahead.

From 0-30 to 30-30 and Murray's fans can breathe easy, or easier, as Raonic is unable to pounce on a 79mph second serve. Raonic unable to reproduce another winning return, drilling a forehand long. Murray sneaking ahead. Raonic long again. Murray off the hook.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That was a critical few games in the match. Andy Murray wasn't able to put his foot on the gas and confirm the break with a service hold. Both players have really relaxed into the match and we're seeing some big aggressive shots."

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Catriona on Facebook: "Of course Murray can win this match with the right attitude and determination."

Fissuh, on Twitter, is a hard person to please: "Andy should be doing better than this in-front of very passionate home crowd. He deserves to reach semis though."

James, from Warrington, on the text: "Raonic is the archetypal flat track bully. He'll win loads of 250s and 500s especially in North America but don't see him winning 1000s and Slams until he adds to his game."

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*Murray 6-3 2-3 Raonic

At 40-15, Murray lunges from side to side, fetching and retrieving, until an impatient Raonic chucks a mistimed forehand beyond the baseline. Eye-wateringly good from Murray on the next point as he lasers a winner down the line to force the game to deuce. Murray is angry and you don't want to make him angry.

Advantage. Deuce. Aggressive returning from the Scot... Raonic on his heels... the Canadian plonks a forehand wide - it's out by the width of a gossamer. Fortune then favours the Canadian as a net chord bounces his way and Raonic has dug himself out of a hole.

Raonic breaks

Murray 6-3 2-2 Raonic*

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Oops. Language, young Murray. The Scot turns the air blue with a few choice words as Raonic takes a 15-30 lead. I won't repeat for fear of the sack.

Oh la la! Oohs from the spectators as Murray scrambles to send a punchy backhand back over the net. Raonic, though, is waiting by the tape and volleys into the corner to earn a break point. The crowd erupt, applauding Murray's defensive work and Raonic's courage in equal measure. Raonic has the upper hand... Murray into the tramlines... we're all-square again.

Murray breaks

*Murray 6-3 2-1 Raonic

Raonic making regular visits to the net and is getting his rewards, collecting three unanswered points while also taking the steam out of the Murray charge.

Murray, though, punching back on the ropes, returning everything which comes his way and nibbling at Raonic's lead. Raonic falters once more, screwing a forehand into the tramlines for deuce.

The Canadian is gripped by anxiety, double faulting to gift Murray a break point. A super crosscourt return from Murray forces Raonic wide and the Scot is bossing this match.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray is playing with so much more conviction and energy - the Murray we've seen for the most part for the last six weeks. A completely different man from the one we saw on court on Sunday.

"I suppose the permutations rather sharpened his mind before tonight's match. Clearly if he can win this in straight sets he'll be in a much better position.

"From what I saw on Sunday I just wondered if he was mentally and physically spent for the year."

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London

Milos Raonic struggling
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"Raonic's two big strengths are his serve and his forehand, so a thumping 12 forehand errors and a first-serve percentage of just 38% did not do him any favours in that first set.

"Clearly aware of the do-or-die nature of the match, the full house of 17,000 spectators felt as on edge as the players for much of that opening 37 minutes. Time for everyone to loosen up a bit..."

Murray 6-3 1-1 Raonic*

Murray's third ace of the match brings the number 30 into play. Raonic still on zero. Raonic attempting to outgun Murray from the returns, but it's not the best ploy. In fact, it doesn't work at all and Murray comfortably restores parity.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Raonic's two weapons - his first serve and forehand - need to be firing on all cylinders to win this match. Murray is hitting the ball much better than we saw in the first match, he's hitting the ball so much cleaner."

*Murray 6-3 0-1 Raonic

Raonic was holding a plastic water bottle and gazing into the middle distance during the changeover. What was he thinking? Who knows, but he needs to improve his first serve and wipe out those needless errors if he is to halt a super-charged Murray.

A look of disbelief from Raonic as he balloons a forehand wide, allowing Murray to grab a 0-30 advantage. But the Canadian is using the grey matter, varying play by reducing the pace of the serve and approaching the net with more frequency and it pays dividends.

Game and first set

Murray 6-3 Raonic*

Andy Murray celebrates
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The unforced error count to Raonic's name has reached double figures, but the Canadian puts past mistakes behind him to razzle-dazzle the crowd with a passing shot while racing sprinting towards the tramlines.

Raonic, back against the wall, hitting with freedom and saves two match points, but a timely 130mph first serve from Murray earns him a third set point - and it's third time lucky for the Scot as Raonic swings at fresh air when attempting to return. A confident start from Murray.

*Murray 5-3 Raonic

Andy Murray
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Raonic with a crunching forehand into the corner, just to show us all that he's not prepared to fold like a deckchair in the wind. Power and precision from Raonic as he unleashes another thunderous forehand, which kisses the line. Impressive from Raonic as he holds in face of such resistance.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy tends to do pretty well against players that you can get to by what I would call 'junking' around the court.

"Andy probably has the best slice of anyone with a two-handed backhand, both when defending or in the rally to change the rhythm of the point. It will be an important tactic against Raonic."

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Pauline Smith: "‏Come on let's give Andy some support and be proud whether he wins or not. We know he CAN do it!"

Ryan Judson: "Just seen someone compare Murray/Raonic based on US 12. Both very different players/different form nowadays. 3 sets on the cards."

Val Kirk, in Ayr, says on the text: "Andy can and should win. If he does he'll need to be at his best to stand a chance against Fed. C'mon Andy!"

John McEnerney, on Twitter, says: ‏"Andy Murray needs to keep the ball all over Milos Raonic's laces and force him down low, how Murray will cope with the big serve is a tad worrying too."

On the BBC Sport Facebook page, the appropriately-named Hope says, matter-of-factly: "I don't think he can do it."

Keith Punter: "Milos Raonic has a steak before every match - could that be a misteak? :-)"

Poor Keith, very poor.

Murray 5-2 Raonic*

Andy Murray
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The switch has been flicked and Murray's engine is firing. "Come on," growls the Scot as he races to a 30-0 lead. Fine serving from Murray, although he undercooks a drop shot, the crowd groan and Raonic has his first point at 40-15. It's the only blimp in an otherwise crisp hold. An inswinging serve from Murray puts him on the attack, the exchange blows from the baseline before Raonic, once again falters.

Murray

*Murray 4-2 Raonic

Milos Raonic
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Raonic's first-serve percentage reads like my school reports. The Canadian's stats at an alarmingly low 33%. The 23-year-old could do better, although I'm sure he is applying himself and does have an interest in his subject. Murray pounces on a Raonic drop shot, brilliant from the Scot, which earns him a break point.

Raonic with a serve down the 'T'... Murray gets to it... and Raonic replies by going long, long, long. First blow to Murray.

Murray 3-2 Raonic*

Improvisation from Murray leaves Raonic scrambling from corner to corner, point to point, and Murray finishes off the game with a double-bluff backhand power slice down the line. Murray starting to really go for his shots here as he warms to the task.

*Murray 2-2 Raonic

It's too early to tell how this match will unfold, but Raonic wobbling slightly on his own serve. The 23-year-old is overcooking his shots, mistiming a forehand down the line to give Murray a sniff at 15-30. A stonking Murray return puts Raonic under pressure and the Canadian, being made to look flat-footed on the baseline, loops his forehand long, presenting Murray with two break points.

Raonic, though, keeps his cool and saves the one break point. Can he save the next one? Second serve... wild Murray forehand and the two break points are gone, gone gone. A wry smile from Murray. Raonic wins four points on the trot to restore parity.

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Josh, on the text, seems affronted by Raonic's coin-toss lunging, saying: "Milos seems such a smug player hope Murray can beat him".

And on Facebook, Lahoucine says: "Andy must serve at the highest level then will be able to dominate the match & win"

Kerry McEwan, however, has come over all clichéd Canadian: "Suddenly feeling like some Maple syrup! Go, Milos!"

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Murray 2-1 Raonic*

Oof! Raonic goes on the attack, stepping in from the baseline... a momentum changing forehand sets the Canadian up to beat Murray with a volley at the net. Murray, though, levels at 30-30. No dramas to talk of yet.

At 40-30, the Scot drags his opponent in with a cute drop shot and Raonic, even at full speed, is unable to place the ball over the other side of the net. Game over. Murray marches on.