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Summary

  1. Relive action via Live Coverage tab
  2. Nishikori beats Murray 6-4 6-4
  3. Roger Federer v Milos Raonic at 20:00 GMT
  4. Two groups of four on a round-robin basis
  5. * Denotes next server

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Murray will meet the loser of Sunday evening's match between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic on Tuesday. Plenty of time to improve and tweak. It's time to end this live text coverage, but we'll be back this evening to take you through Federer's match with Raonic. Bye for now.

Andy Murray is not out of this tournament, but it is an uphill task in a group which includes Roger Federer, Nishikori and Milos Raonic. "He's got to go back to the drawing board," says Colin Fleming.

Colin Fleming

British doubles player on BBC Two

Disappointing for Andy. Not what he would have been hoping for. It's a round robin tournament so he's not out but he needs to find his form. Credit to Nishikori, he never gave Andy a chance to settle.

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Ben Silveston: Pretty impressive performance from Nishikori! Murray certainly second-best today!

Adam Haigh: Step mum mutters 'he's not playing very well' the second Murray loses, despite not watching a single rally all match

Nishikori had never beaten Murray, but he has now.

"Maybe the beginning a little bit tight, but I started feeling well and the second set was almost perfect," he says. "Good serve, big forehand and I was happy to win the first match. I knew he is very consistent from the baseline so I knew I had to be more aggressive than usual and that's how I won today. It's my goal to go semi-final and final."

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Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

It's not over for Murray, he can still get through. But what an absolutely fabulous game plan executed by Nishikori. Murray is going to have to win at least one of his remaining two matches.

Game, set and match

Murray 4-6 4-6 Nishikori

Kei Nishikori celebrates
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Time for some drum roll. Earlier, in our live vote, we asked who you thought would win the ATP Finals and 61% of you voted for world number one Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray was your second most popular choice with 16.7%, while Roger Federer received 16.5% of the vote. Just 1.9% of you voted for Kei Nishikori, but the world number five is on song here. Dreamy returning for a 0-30 lead and, a couple of points later, Murray nets to present Nishikori with two match points.

Backhand long and Murray loses this one, but he can still go through.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

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That's a strong hold from Nishikori and credit to him. He is now just one game away from the win.

*Murray 4-6 4-5 Nishikori

Murray, you feel, will always have a chance on the Nishikori serve simply because of the number of double faults the 24-year-old makes. An eighth of the match for 30-15 - but Nishikori dazzles on the next point, an improvised overhead volley from the middle of the court into the corner for a 40-15 lead. Nishikori comes through, holds, and stops the rot.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

I've spoken a bit about momentum. From 2-3 down in the first set Nishikori had all the momentum but now the shoe is on the other foot.

Murray 4-6 4-4 Nishikori*

Murray received treatment on his left calf during the changeover. "It felt tight a couple of games ago," he told the trainer. But the Scot is now back on the service line, and he rattles off a 124mph ace for a 40-15 lead.

Next though, Murray screws a backhand wide and shakes his head in disgust, but there's little reason to worry as the Scot fires down another ace to level the match.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

He's back in it. Minutes ago he could have been 4-0 down but it's now back on serve. We've seen him do it so many times, making his opponent play a difficult ball.

Murray breaks

*Murray 4-6 3-4 Nishikori

How will Nishikori respond? He is in control, but his more experienced opponent is breathing down his neck. Oof! A mistake from Nishikori as his lunging volley plonks into the net. 15-30.

Murray on the up? Yes. Nishikori goes long - double break point Murray - and another error at the tape from Nishikori allows Murray to break.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

His best service game of the match and chance now to put pressure on the Nishikori serve.

Murray 4-6 2-4 Nishikori*

A flamethrower of an ace from Murray to start proceedings. The Scot can't afford anymore blips or dips. A second ace of the game moves the Scot to 40-0 and another unreturnable serve sees him over the line. One of his more comfortable service games.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Nishikori has this match by the scruff of the neck but Murray has had chances on the Nishikori serve and Nishikori is still serving at just 46%. He's in control but not serving well.

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Patcik Jack: Nishikori is really flying here. It will be an early test of Andy Murray's character to get back in to this match.

Jen Black: Andy had better buck up his ideas

*Murray 4-6 1-4 Nishikori

Andy Murray hits a two-handed back hand return shot
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A monologue on the baseline from Murray as Nishikori eases to a 30-0 lead. The Scot isn't returning with his usual aplomb and he nets once more, gifting Nishikori a 40-0 lead. But errors creeping into the 24-year-old's game, a volley wide, a double fault...can Murray take advantage? Nope. Murray skips from side to side, fetching and retrieving, but can do little but watch a Nishikori forehand winner fly by.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

Andy Murray looks dejected
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Murray has only won one point on his second serve in the second set. Respect for the Nishikori serve. It's only the second game Murray has won in the last 45 minutes but it was a must-win game and he got the job done. So now what?

Murray 4-6 1-3 Nishikori*

First point to Nishikori. A shake of the head from Murray. Oh boy. But perhaps we shouldn't doubt Murray as he hits a thunderous forehand winner to level at 15-15.

From 30-15 to 30-30 as Nishikori pounces on an 89mph Murray serve, whacking it down the line and celebrating with a clench of the fist.

Circus tricks at the net - Nishikori the one who comes up with an irretrievable volley for a break point. But let's not talk of Murray's demise just yet because he fires down his third ace of the match. A second break point comes Nishikori's way, the man from Japan forcing Murray on the backfoot.

What a brilliant game this is. A backhand winner down the line from Murray increases the volume inside the O2. But from high to low as he coughs up a double fault, before the Scot makes amends with a canny drop shot to end a fabulous exchange.

Deuce. Advantage, Deuce. Oh my giddy aunt... But, finally, Murray turns the screw to win his first game in what seems like an age.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

Murray is in real trouble here. Nishikori has never beaten a British player. He lost to Dan Evans at the US Open last year. He looks in complete control though.

*Murray 4-6 0-3 Nishikori

Murray needs to start his comeback here otherwise the match could run away from him. Nishikori provides his opponent with some assistance, double faulting - his sixth of the match - to gift Murray a 15-30 advantage. But the lights have gone out for Murray, with some iffy returning allowing Nishikori to hold once more. Murray holds up three fingers towards his chair.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

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This match is being dictated by Nishikori. He is stepping up on the baseline and putting Murray in a defensive position. Murray is going to have to try and change that.

Nishikori breaks

Murray 4-6 0-2 Nishikori*

Impressive stuff from Nishikori, whose backhand down the line kisses the whitewash, levelling the game at 30-30. The 24-year-old collects a break point, some members of the crowd yell words of encouragements to Murray, but there's nothing anyone can do as Nishikori conjures a cute drop shot, leaving Murray helpless on the baseline.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at the O2 Arena in London

"Murray looked like he had rid himself of the habit of letting leads slip in recent weeks but an early break and the chance to really grab the momentum went begging there, and after a very nervous start Nishikori found his game. Defeat here will not be terminal but with Federer and an in-form Raonic to follow, the loser faces a tough task."

*Murray 4-6 0-1 Nishikori

Kei Nishikori looks on
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Easy peasy. A straightforward hold to love for Nishikori.

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Joe Fernandez: Tight 1st set. Murray conceding the set point by trying to show off too much. Still time. Great first singles match

Adam Haigh: This match is huge for both players, anyone in this group could go through, loser of this match will have to beat Federer though

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

It took a bit of time to get going. Nishikori will look at the stats and see only 40% of first serves in and think he must be doing something right. Both players need to up their serves in the second set though.

Game and first set

Murray 4-6 Nishikori*

Murray was a break up in this set, but he must now hold to stay in it. A wry smile from the British number one as he goes long, gifting Nishikori a 15-30 lead.

Wow! Incredible from Nishikori and the crowd are whopping and hollering. Nishikori returning with the speed of a cobra's tongue, hitting a winner down the line to bring up two break points. Murray saves one, but gives up the fight with an iffy drop shot. The debutant in control.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

That's a great hold. A tremendous match this to open up the World Tour finals. Last year there were no accredited journalists from Japan covering this event. This year there are 42. They believe he can get to world number one and why not?

*Murray 4-5 Nishikori

Murray's eyes widen as he senses an opportunity to pounce on a Nishikori second serve, but he messes up the return and shrugs his shoulders and points towards the net, questioning how he failed to take that opportunity.

Winners now pinging from Nishikori's racquet - and he comes up with a second serve ace down the middle. Cheeky. But Murray, scrambling, lunging, drags the game to deuce only to later be undone by Nishikori's brilliance, the highlight a backhand volley into Murray's feet. The 24-year-old holds and this match is hotting up. Murray to serve to stay in the set.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

For the first 20 minutes they were finding their feet and in the last 15 minutes, the error count has dropped and the winners are starting to flow.

Murray 4-4 Nishikori*

Andy Murray serves
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Fine serving and volleying from Murray as he ekes a 30-15 lead against an opponent who is gradually finding his groove. Brutal stuff from Murray on the forehand and, at 40-15, he's nearly home and hosed. The Scot ends with a classy ace wide and walks towards his chair for a change of racquet.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

Neither player is going to serve through the other because they are both so good at returning. So they've got to look to keep their first-serve percentage high. Nishikori is 38% on first serve. It's going to be a long day at the office against Murray serving like that.

*Murray 3-4 Nishikori

At 30-30 the game is evenly poised, but it is Murray who nicks a break point thanks to a super return. Nishikori, though, responds by pinning his opponent near the tramline, forcing Murray to eventually net. Deuce. Advantage. Deuce. Neither player at their best.

Nishkiori targeting the Murray backhand in a mammoth 23-shot rally, seeing off the Scot with a fabulous winner down the line. Bravo! And another crackerjack winner from Nishikori concludes the game.

Nishikori breaks

Murray 3-3 Nishikori*

Kei Nishikori hits a return shot
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Murray has looked the stronger in these opening exchanges, but he goes through one of his dips at a crucial moment. Sloppy errors from the Scot in this game against an opponent who is now stepping in from the baseline. The world number five collects three break points and Murray throws in the towel with a double fault. The Scot punches his temple in frustration.

Tim Henman

Former British number one on BBC Two

We saw in the last game Murray coming in on second serve. It's got to be the right tactic because he's one of the best returners of serve in the world. Murray has been looking to be aggressive and the double fault on break point was the by product of that.

Murray breaks

*Murray 3-2 Nishikori

Two easy points for Murray for a 0-30 lead. The duo then become embroiled in a baseline slug-fest, which ends when Nishikori nets. Three break points Murray. Danger ahead for Nishikori.

The former Wimbledon champion challenges a call - Hawkeye shows Murray was out by some distance. One break point saved. Aggression from Nishikori as he steps towards the net and smashes an overhead beyond Murray. Two break points saved. But his resistance folds. A double fault. Murray nips ahead.

Andrew Castle

BBC tennis commentator on BBC Two

Andy Murray hits a return shot
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Great defence from Murray and Nishikori left to rue the missed opportunity at 0-30.