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  1. Post update

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    "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."

  5. 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.

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    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.

  7. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    *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.

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    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.

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    *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.

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    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.

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    Colin Fleming

    British doubles player on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Roger Federer hits a return

    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.

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    *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.

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    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.

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    *Federer 6-1 2-3 Raonic

    Milos Raonic stretches to hit a return

    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.

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    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.

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    *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.

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    Federer 6-1 1-1 Raonic*

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

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    *Federer 6-1 0-1 Raonic

    Milos Raonic hits a forehand return shot

    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.

  22. Get involved #bbctennis

    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

  23. Game and first set

    Federer 6-1 Raonic*

    Roger Federer celebrates

    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.

  24. 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.

  25. Get involved

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

    You can tweet your answers @bbctennis

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

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    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.

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    *Federer 3-1 Raonic

    Roger Federer hits a forehand

    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.

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    Federer 3-0 Raonic*

    Jaw-droppingly good from Federer as he ekes a 40-0 lead with a backhand volley at the net. It's master versus apprentice stuff. A crosscourt forehand winner concludes the game and Raonic simply looks towards his camp for answers.

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    Milos Raonic serves

    Raonic hit a 138mph and 141mph serve and lost both points. That will be a demoralising game for Raonic.

  30. Federer breaks

    *Federer 2-0 Raonic

    Cat-like reflexes from Federer, with the Swiss directing a venomous backhand towards Raonic's ribcage for three break points. The Canadian did well to get out of the way of that one. Federer challenges a 144mph serve... replays show it was out by the length of a fingertip... second serve Raonic, the pressure increasing... Federer with a beautiful crosscourt backhand and Raonic nets.

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    Federer 1-0 Raonic*

    Milos Raonic streches for a return

    Loose-limbed hitting from Raonic early in this match, attacking the Federer second serve to win the opening point. The Canadian follows it up with another snappy crosscourt return for a 15-30 lead. But Federer levels - Raonic slipping on the baseline, oof the 23-year-old winces but seems a-ok - and the Swiss comes through unscathed, a bit of serving and volleying seeing him through.

  32. Post update

    Raonic won't be paying much attention to previous results, which is just as well as the Swiss has beaten him in six of seven meetings.

    "It's a brand new match," says the Canadian. "The last three times we have played, we have both played a lot of matches coming into the event. This time it is from the get-go. We have to find our form. Roger has done it many times. I am going to have to find a way to find my game quickly."

  33. Get involved #bbctennis

    How can Federer tame the Raonic serve? Will the Swiss see off his younger rival? Tweet us your tennis chit-chat using the hashtag #bbctennis.

  34. BBC coverage

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There's more than live text commentary to keep you company through this match because there's live coverage from London on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. You can, obviously, read and listen on this page. Please don't leave us.

  35. Federer wins coin toss

    Raonic jumping at the net, while Roger Federer is just calmly standing, listening to the instructions for the coin toss, not that instructions are necessary. The Swiss wins the coin toss and elects to serve first.

  36. Players on court

    Rodger Federer walks out

    Der-dum der-dum der-dum... heart-beating, music-pumping... the players enter the arena and Roger Federer receives the sort of reception usually reserved for rock stars at the O2. Spectators are standing, all with camera phones capturing the 17-time Grand Slam champion emerging through the dry ice.

  37. Record-breaking Federer

    Roger Federer

    Raonic beat Federer on his way to the Paris Masters final last week, but the world number two is accustomed to success in this season-ending finale. Not only has he won a record six titles, he is oldest player to qualify for the tournament and is competing for a record 13th consecutive year.

  38. The next generation

    Milos Raonic

    Speaking of debutants, Raonic is another making his first appearance in the ATP Finals. Look away now if you are of a certain age because Raonic is the first player born in the 1990s to compete in this event. It's started. Oh boy.

  39. Play it again

    The pressure has certainly eased on debutant Kei Nishikori, the first Asian singles player to qualify for the ATP Finals. The 24-year-old wrote on his Facebook page: "Excited about the first win at Final Showdown. Doing some quick media after."

    You can watch the highlights of Nishikori's victory on this website, by visiting the 'highlights' tab on this live text page - or you can relive the whole match on the 'live coverage' page.

    Kei Nishikori
  40. Pressure on Murray

    Hello! We're back for more live text commentary of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Andy Murray suffered a 6-4 6-4 defeat by the impressive Kei Nishikori earlier today, in the opening match of the season-ending finale at the 02.

    With two round-robin matches remaining, the British number one still has hopes of progressing to the semi-finals but, as Roger Federer said earlier this week: "You definitely don't want to lose the first one, as the pressure increases."

  41. Post update

    They say time waits for no man, but Roger Federer would argue that age is a matter of feeling, not of years. The 33-year-old is enjoying a renaissance and is set to become the oldest player to finish a season in the top two of the ATP rankings. He could become the oldest player to finish the season as world number one - but he will have to overcome fresh faced 23-year-old Milos Raonic first. Will youth or experience prevail? I suppose we're about to find out.

    Roger Federer