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Summary

  1. Djokovic beats Murray 6-2 6-4 to win his 10th title of season
  2. A record sixth Masters title in one season for the Serb
  3. Djokovic's fourth Paris Masters title
  4. 30th meeting between the two, Djokovic has now won 21
  5. Murray's first Paris Masters final
  6. * denotes next to serve

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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And that's that. Novak Djokovic is the prince of Paris, while Andy Murray has to move on to London and the Davis Cup final. We'll be with him every step of the way, so join us then. Bye for now.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic with their trophies
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Lots of thank yous from Novak and he also tells us how proud he is to win the trophy. With that, he's done, then stands to pose with the trophy.

Novak, by the way, is conducting most of this post-match speech in French. Is there anything he can't do?

Novak Djokovic: "It was a tough match today and I wish Andy all the best for the rest of the season both in London and the Davis Cup final. I know you want to to do well."

Andy Murray: "Thanks to all the crowd for coming out and supporting, I look forward to coming back next year.

"Congratulations to Novak on another fantastic week. It's been a great year for him again. He fully deserves the number one spot, hopefully I can get a little bit closer next year.

"Thank you to my team. It's been a great week for me, the first time past the quarter-finals here. It's progress and I'll try next year to go one better."

Novak Djokovic with the Paris Masters trophy
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Novak Djokovic gets his hands on the trophy, which looks like a naked tree. More awful dance music as he shows it to the crowd.

Luckily, Andy Murray is still "Andy Murray" in French. Hugs, a silver trophy for being runner-up, waves to the crowd. He looks hacked off, naturally.

The presentation is just getting under way. It's in French, so I'm struggling. Sorry.

Djokovic, by the way, is behind only Rafael Nadal in terms of Masters wins. The Spaniard is only one title ahead of him. The Serb has won 29 consecutive matches indoors, a run going back to 2012.

Murray is back in his chair, his face covered by a towel. He'd rather be anywhere else, especially with the awful whistley tune that is currently being pumped out.

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times: "I don't think Murray could have done any more this week. His form was perfect. he can throw his best game at Djokovic, but Djokovic can just be that little bit better."

Djokovic wins fourth Paris Masters title

Murray 2-6 4-6 Djokovic

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"What Djokovic did in 2011 was exceptional, extraordinary, but he's now surpassed that achievement. He's unchallenged at the top of the men's game. Andy Murray will have to accept that he was once again second best to Novak Djokovic."

Murray has now lost three Masters finals this year, all to Djokovic.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic shake hands after the Serb's victory
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Handshakes between the two familiar foes, again to the soundtrack of dodgy dance music. Djokovic sits and puts on a watch ready for the presentation, just to keep the sponsors happy. Murray is off into the crowd, out of sight.

Game, set and match Djokovic

Murray 2-6 4-6 Djokovic

Novak Djokovic wins
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On top of the world, on top in Paris. Novak Djokovic rules the French capital, sealing his 58th career crown and 26th Masters 1000 title. That's 10 wins this year, a record six of them Masters triumphs. The Serb is just about unstoppable.

Murray 2-6 4-5 Djokovic*

Djokovic bounces the ball as he waits to serve, the umpire asks the rowdy crowd to be quiet. Trading backhands, 15-15. Murray long, then long again. Two match points...

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Shohidur Rahman: Djokovic is leagues ahead of Murray. Murray is a brilliant player but will never be as good as Novak

Murray 2-6 4-5 Djokovic*

Murray's serve keeps this one alive, Djokovic will be made to work just a little longer for his 10th title of the season. The players sit, perhaps for the final time, as darkness and dance music cover Paris. Is that really necessary?

*Murray 2-6 3-5 Djokovic

Murray is digging deep into his box tricks in a bid to salvage something from this match. He steps in to the Djokovic serve. Nothing. He comes to the net and has an open-goal of an overhead. Netted. A Djokovic ace, the Serbian charge only halted by a Murray return laced with frustration. The world number one is one game away.

Djokovic breaks

Murray 2-6 3-4 Djokovic*

Novak Djokovic breaks
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Can you see Djokovic letting this slip now? Metronomic brilliance from the Serb halts the Murray charge and the world number one is only eight points from the title.

*Murray 2-6 3-3 Djokovic

Murray, a poppy on his shirt, is showing his first wobble in a little while, not helped by some stellar returning from Djokovic. The Serb knows Murray is going wide and is ready for it. Two break points...

*Murray 2-6 3-3 Djokovic

There was a time not long ago when we thought Djokovic would gallop away with it, but now Murray can't miss and the Serb's errors are creeping in. Murray goes to 0-30 by winning his 11th in 14 points, but is pegged back by the resilience of Djokovic. 30-30. The world number one's serve gets him through and Murray shakes his head. Pressure back on the Scot.

Murray 2-6 3-2 Djokovic*

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times: "Novak Djokovic is looking a little bit rattled. He's not been particularly happy in the last two games and it's important that Murray makes the most of it. The crowd have woken up, they're going through their first Mexican Wave of the afternoon, and that's always good to see."

Murray 2-6 3-2 Djokovic*

Andy Murray fist-pumps
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Noise levels in Paris are cranked by every Murray success, locals wanting value for their euro. A serve-volley saves break point for Murray, who then finds himself in an eternal baseline war, ended when Djokovic goes into the net. There's the first Murray fist-pump of the afternoon, acknowledging the roar of the crowd. Slicey, Djokovic slips, Murray holds. A shift in momentum?

*Murray 2-6 2-2 Djokovic

Where has this been for the last hour? Murray is a man born again, Djokovic is the one forced to sprint like a man running for the last bus home. We have a contest, even if Djokovic gets to 30-30 thanks to a Murray shank. Hold that thought. Murray wide. Break point...

*Murray 2-6 2-2 Djokovic

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times: "That's caused a bit of a noise in the arena and good for Andy Murray. It just shows if he hangs in there, plays sensibly, gets a bit of luck then he's still got a chance."

Murray breaks

*Murray 2-6 2-2 Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
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Tell the trophy engraver to hang fire, Andy Murray has just played his best game of the match. A break to love with a bullet return. Game on.

Murray 2-6 1-2 Djokovic*

As he orders a pint (or a pineapple juice, because he doesn't drink alcohol), in the Last Chance Saloon, Murray starts to look like a new man. 0-30, then completely foxing Djokovic with a slicey-dicey on to the baseline that Djokovic inexplicably leaves alone. Three break points...

Murray 2-6 1-2 Djokovic*

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times: "This isn't as emphatic as Shanghai. Murray's played better today than he did then but I do fear that the scoreline won't be too dissimilar."

Djokovic beat Murray 6-1 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals in October.

Djokovic breaks

Murray 2-6 1-2 Djokovic*

Is that the ball game? As he has been doing for most of the afternoon, Murray has to be in all parts of the court just to stay in the rally. When it finally becomes too much, a lob goes long and Djokovic has the break. The clock has hit the hour mark, but we may already know the destination of the Paris title.

*Murray 2-6 1-1 Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
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Hello, what's wrong with Novak? When Murray skilfully finds the line, Djokovic is livid, berating everyone and no one. Those Parisians in the front row are probably quite taken aback. And scared. Though Murray is winding up some big serves, Djokovic is still so dangerous when he gets the ball back. Yet another break point...

*Murray 2-6 1-1 Djokovic

Djokovic is wearing the same shade of blue as the ball boys. He looks like their big brother. The Serb has won almost three times as many baseline points as Murray, but isn't against a trip to the net either, especially when the court is at his mercy. Murray long twice, Djokovic rolls on.

Murray 2-6 1-0 Djokovic*

Andy Murray
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Take that! A first serve, followed by a forehand hit so hard the ball cries out in pain. A bit of serve-volley dancing takes Murray to the brink and, eventually, an ace down the T gives Murray a vital hold.

*Murray 2-6 0-0 Djokovic

Murray backhand into the net. Break point. Virtual match point?

*Murray 2-6 0-0 Djokovic

Murray is still chuntering about that door at the back of the arena, the light that shines from the concourse on to an otherwise dark court when it is opened. Angry Andy has the chance to close out the game, but a double fault lets Djokovic back in. Mistakes, again. Deuce...

*Murray 2-6 0-0 Djokovic

Murray with the balls at the start of the second. A bad start to the set and he'll surely be toast.

Murray 2-6 Djokovic

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Barry Flatman, Sunday Times: "You have to come up with something very special to even hope to rival Djokovic and you've got to hope he has an off set and, right now, he doesn't have too many of those in a course of a tournament. It doesn't look hopeful for Murray. I just look to history and I think we all know the script at the moment."

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Ross McD: Murrray needs to grit his teeth and hold on. Chances will come

19 unforced errors from Murray, to Djokovic's eight. 75% first-serve points from Djokovic to Murray's 43. When Murray is at the races, he competes. It's the mistakes that are the killer.