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Mike Henson

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    Eight days, 15 hours, 13 minutes and 5 seconds.

    That is how long separates us from the start of the World Tour Finals in London.

    That is enough sofa time for Andy Murray to get his feet up, watch the Godfather, the Sopranos and every episode of Friends, and get in a couple of leg-loosening session with Amelie and Dani, before the traditional pre-tourney suited photocall with tennis fan David Cameron at number 10.

    We'll see you there. Not Number 10, our invite got lost in the post. But back here on the live text.

    David Cameron and the 2010 World Tour Finals field
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    Novak Djokovic speaking to Sky Sports: "We have played so many times. We know what to expect. It will be physical with long exchanges and whoever is calmer in the important moments and comes up with the big shots can prevail.

    "He was a break up in the second, but he made some mistakes, made some double faults and allowed me back in. Then I was swinging through and I felt better.

    "I don't think the physical factor played an advantage for me too much, but I think maybe winning the first set gave me an edge."

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    Less of my assessment though, what do the cold, hard numbers say?

    Murray - Djokovic: Aces: 5-1, Double faults 3-1, First serve: 50%-63%, First serve points won: 67%-80%, Break-point conversion: 50%-30%

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    Adam Laycock: Murray going out not is necessarily a bad thing. Gives him a bit of rest before the O2 after a busy few weeks.

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    The main aim of Andy Murray's globe-trotting Eurasian adventure this autumn was to ensure a local and lucrative appearance at the World Tour Finals in November.

    So, it has to be considered a success overall.

    But today's defeat showed that, on current form, he is short of being a fully paid member of the game's very top set.

    He's on the up though. Australia is going to be very, very interesting.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The final point was a beautiful drop-shot from Djokovic - it feels like he's added so much more to his game this year under the tutelage of Boris Becker."

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    Andy Murray pats Novak Djokovic on the belly as they exchange post-match pleasantries. The Scot sorts his sweatbands at top speed, sweeping off court before Djokovic has even scribbled a smiley face on the camera lens.

    It is either David Ferrer or Kei Nishikori next for Djokovic. It is home sweet home for Andy Murray.

  8. Game, set and match

    Djokovic 7-5 6-2 Murray

    Novak Djokovic wins the first point of the game to make it 17 out of the last 20. That is how quick the rug has been whipped out from under Andy Murray.

    The Scot pumps a forehand long to give Djokovic 30-30, chops another into the net and finally folds out with running retrieve that can't make it over the wire.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think this match is over. It's been pretty grim this year in terms of this rivalry. Djokovic is running away with it now and it will be frustrating for Murray because they grew up together and he sees him as one of his peers."

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    Djokovic 7-5 5-2 Murray*

    Novak Djokovic presses the accelerator pedal on his steamroller, ironing out Andy Murray to love to move within a game of victory.

  11. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 7-5 4-2 Murray

    Andy Murray flops a tired forehand into the net to surrender his serve. And this time I fear that he may not relocate it in time to avert defeat.

    The Scot's body language looks like that of a man who is imagining the sweet comforts of home rather than the challenges of the last four.

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    Djokovic 7-5 3-2 Murray*

    Novak Djokovic

    Remember that 90s toy Stretch Armstrong? He was a kind of rubber muscleman who you put on a radiator and could then yank his limbs across the width of a room.

    I think he and Novak might be distant cousins. Normal service resumes for the flexible Serb as he holds serve commandingly.

  13. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 7-5 2-2 Murray

    Unfortunately for Andy Murray nailing Novak Djokovic to the board is like trying to arm-wrestle an octopus. After being defeated in the previous game, the Serb is back and bristling with renewed strength as though that set-back never happened.

    He brings up 15-40 and two break points as Murray's pick-up half-volley creeps wide. Murray saves the first superbly, chasing hard, pinning Djokovic with angles and flicking away a fine mid-court winner.

    He can't repeat the trick though. Murray into the net, Djokovic up on the board.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The sequence of second serves are what did for Djokovic there. He didn't even manage 50% and Murray is lethal on the second serve because he comes in and mullers it on either side. His ability to pick up the flight is like a great batsman - someone like Tendulkar - and enables him to take the ball so early. He gambled, attacked, Djokovic gave him a chink, and Murray took it."

  15. Murray breaks

    Djokovic 7-5 1-2 Murray*

    This match is teetering on the highwire at the moment. It feels like a short run of good points from either player would shift the momentum in their favour.

    Andy Murray forces his first break point as he clambers into a return at 30-30. He allows Djokovic back to parity though with a strangled forehand into the net. Not a lot of pressure on the Scot either.

    Djokovic's turn to get a little choky next though as he double faults to allow Murray a second bite at the cherry. And this time it sticks.

    Murray chops and slices like a sushi chef, luring Djokovic into the net and edging ahead in the second set.

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    *Djokovic 7-5 1-1 Murray

    Djokovic apologises

    Six weeks of tiny hotel shampoo bottles, rubbery in-flight chicken and weirdly "freshened" taxi interiors. Is it all finally starting to catch up with Andy Murray?

    The Briton's jet-set schedule looks like boomeranging back on him as he slumps to 0-40. He rouses himself though to climb out from six feet under. Strafing the Novak Djokovic baseline, Murray claims five successive points and completes an audacious escape from three break points down.

    Djokovic is the one who finishes the game shouting in frustration, lobbing his racquet around and then apologising to the crowd who take a dim view of his shirtiness.

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    Djokovic 7-5 1-0 Murray* (* denotes next to serve)

    Andy Murray

    Novak Djokovic is serving like a machine. A well-built German machine. That comes with a 10-year warranty. That nobody bothers to register for because they know that they won't need it.

    The Serb holds to 15 as he improves his first serve percentage to 74%. By contrast Murray's is down around 50%.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I don't think Andy Murray can expect to win sets unless he is nailing his first serves better."

  19. Djokovic wins first set

    *Djokovic 7-5 Murray

    Andy Murray is in the vice at 0-30. Trying to get Novak Djokovic out of a rally is like trying to get grass stains out of cricket whites. You need some serious chemicals.

    Murray shows he has the mix as he comes up with a whipped winner after a tentative overhead initially let Djokovic back into the following rally. A double fault follows though. 15-40 and two break points.

    It would be an unanswerable break at this late stage in the set as well.

    Murray wins a bit of netcord cat-and-mouse to see off the first, but finally the Briton is worn down by Djokovic's relentless precision. Into the net and Djoko, like the Mountie, has his man. And the set.

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    Djokovic 6-5 Murray*

    Boris Becker

    The first sighting of Boris Becker and Novak Djokovic's big-name coach is rocking the same trackie top he wore for his client's win over Gael Monfils last night.

    Those sort of wardrobe repeats are inevitable when you are on tour. Especially with short-haul baggage restrictions.

    Anyway. Djokovic's still serene on serve. Andy Murray ran down a drop-volley to flick away a crowd-pleasing winner, but still has not forced a break point in the match.

    Fifty-eight minutes on the clock.

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    *Djokovic 5-5 Murray

    Andy Murray

    A crushing inside-out forehand zips away for a cross-court winner to put Andy Murray 30-0 to the good.

    Someone should tell the Parisians to set their video recorders. There is another hold-up for a punter filming the action on their phone complete with a blazing front light to pierce the Bercy gloom.

    Murray takes it all in his stride, swallowing down the next two points, the last with a clumping ace.

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    Djokovic 5-4 Murray*

    No such dramas for Novak Djokovic who keeps on trucking on serve.

    He has got some suspension. Whatever the ups, down, lumps and bumps in a match the Serb just soaks it all up and usually arrives at his desired destination.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Not enough first serves in from Murray in this set. No wind, no sun, so there's no excuse."

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    *Djokovic 4-4 Murray

    Novak Djokovic

    Andy Murray uncorks a forehand that almost rips the fuzz off the back of the ball to move to 30-15. To whistle a winner clean past Novak Djokovic requires such clean ball-striking.

    But the Scot is a little over-eager on the next rally, pulling the trigger when the ball was not quite there to be be hit. 30-30.

    A Murray backhand crashlands just long to give Djokovic his first break point since the opening game. Murray rummages around and pulls out a kicking ace to put himself back level.

    He has another break point to face though from deuce. Djokovic lands one right up on the baseline and it looks like the break is broken.

    But, hold up a sec! Murray challenges Djokovic's final shot, HawkEye reveals it was long and Djokovic's claims that the Scot missed his immediate, instinctive backhand reply are dismissed.

    Umpire Carlos Bernandes says that Murray was distracted by looking for where Djoko's ball landed and calls the players back on to court.

    Murray rattles off the next two points and that has the feeling of a big moment in the match. Djokovic stony-faced.

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    Matthew Millar: I think that the back surgery is only now starting to help Murray's form. It obviously helped him in the last few tournaments.

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    Djokovic 4-3 Murray*

    Novak Djokovic

    Is that a tie-break I can spy on the horizon? A lovely deft drop-volley from Andy Murray draws ohhs and ahhs and a little polite applause from Novak Djokovic.

    But it doesn't buck the scoreboard trend.

    On we go, still right on serve.

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    *Djokovic 3-3 Murray

    Novak Djokovic is doing his Great Wall impression as he fends from the far corners and eventually draws a mistake from Andy Murray.

    30-30. Creaky nerves time.

    Murray pulls out of his next serve, distracted by something in the crowd. There is a bit of unrest in the stalls about that. But Murray ignores the grumbling to fire down a timely ace.

    Djokovic doesn't look best pleased with the Scot either, chuntering to himself as the balls swap ends.

    A little bit of spice into the mix. Lovely.

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    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Were he to lose tonight there's plenty of opportunity for Andy Murray to get back across the Channel to watch his mother Judy in Strictly Come Dancing, but it's probably not a priority at the moment for him with London coming up, and he could be busy with tennis to the end of the year."

    Mother Judy Murray

    I can't imagine anything would motivate Murray more to make the semi-finals.

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    Djokovic 3-2 Murray*

    After a slow start, Andy Murray is matching Novak Djokovic. The Serb's serve gets a thorough testing, with Murray winning a superb opening point as he runs down a speculative lob.

    Djokovic makes it through unscathed, but the flak is flying.

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    *Djokovic 2-2 Murray

    Andy Murray is starting to find the sweet spot now. The ball bopping off the centre of the racquet, keeping Novak Djokovic on the back foot as he holds to 15.

    A lot more comfortable that the Scot's opening service game. The only hold-up was for a brief pause while a spectator who was filming the action with his phone was publicly shamed into cutting short his movie by a combination of the big screen and umpire Carlos Bernardes.

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    Novak Djokovic takes a drink

    Andy Murray has nipped off court for a toilet break. I bet Judy wouldn't stand for that sort of thing back in his boyhood. Three games in? If it was a road-trip they would hardly be off the driveway. Djokovic has time to sup a leisurely drink though.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I remember previous Halloween nights at this tournament and Novak Djokovic coming out in a Darth Vader mask, but he didn't do anything like that today. I wonder if he's in more serious business mode playing one of his oldest and closest rivals."

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    Djokovic 2-1 Murray*

    Andy Murray is going to wear a hole in the side of his head with his index finger woodpeckering away at his temple in reaction to slipping 30-0 down.

    Or maybe he has hit the reboot button.

    The Scot belatedly gets his teeth into the game, forcing Novak Djokovic back to deuce.

    It is just a warning shot across the Serb's bows though. No break.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Some serious mileage already in this match. They are covering a lot of ground - a lot more in the Federer v Raonic match where the serve was dominating. Murray will be relieved to get that game on the board but Novak will definitely feel he missed an opportunity there."

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    *Djokovic 1-1 Murray

    Andy Murray

    It is all very well slapping the ball about with the likes of Fabio Fognini and Jerzy Janowicz at the end of term, but this is very different gravy.

    Novak Djokovic is a man with miles of running in his legs and venom in his strings and he takes the first two points off Andy Murray's serve, making it the first six in the match. 0-30.

    Murray claws back to 30-30 as he rediscovers a little pop in his tee off but, drawn into a protracted rally with the great retriever, he coughs up a break point as he gets a little late on a forehand.

    Murray looks up at his box. Coach Amelie Mauresmo is as impassive as an Easter Island head, but Murray finds what he is looking for, battering his way to deuce with naggingly consistent baseline depth.

    Another break point rears its ugly head, Murray plucks an arcing ace out of the quiver to see it off.

    The Scot finally hauls his serve over the line and safe, but that was a struggle.

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    Simon Briggs

    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "After almost every point Murray is pointing to the side of his forehead and looking at his team. It's almost as if to say he's thinking too much between rallies. It's something he was doing in Valencia."

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    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The court was rammed for Federer v Raonic but isn't quite as full at the moment. There's huge disappointment here that Federer was knocked out - the support was incredible for him, he's like an honorary Frenchman."

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    Djokovic 1-0 Murray* (*denotes next to serve)

    Novak Djokovic's son Stefan arrived on the scene just 10 days ago, but the Serb doesn't look like he has missed too much kip.

    He holds serve to love in the first game, sneakers squeaking around the court as he hustles Murray into a couple of hurried strokes.

    Sixty-five million dollars plus of career winnings probably is enough to get a bit of help in I guess.

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    Djoko to slug down the first serve of the match. Here we go....

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    Milos Raonic

    Earlier today on the big court, Canada's Milos Raonic kept his hopes of a spot at the World Tour Finals alive with a 7-6 7-5 win over Roger Federer, and Tomas Berdych wrapped up his place in London, by bouncing back from losing the first set to Kevin Anderson to win and secure his place in London.

    Djokovic, Federer, Wawrinka, Murray, Berdych and Marin Cilic are the men already confirmed for the O2.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Andy Murray on 5 live sports extra

    When they do get under way you will be able to get all the action live on 5 live sports extra. Actually they have already cranked up the generator across the Channel and are up and running.

    Just click on the big play button at the top of this page and you are away.

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    Here they are now, striding out amid raking lasers and booming bass at the arena in Bercy.

    Andy Murray slaps string against palm, Novak Djokovic glugs some energy that is almost glowing in the dark it is such a vivid orange.

    At the coin toss, there is a brief moment of confusion as Andy Murray calls tails and then is unsure if the side showing is the one he wants. Pesky Euros.

    The umpire assures him that it is indeed tails and Murray will receive after the knock-up is done.

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    This might be just where the rot stops for Andy Murray though.

    Since that defeat in China, Murray has found a groove he has been scratching around for all year.

    Back-to-back tournament victories in Vienna and Valencia were followed by textbook dissections of Julien Benneteau and Grigor Dimitrov in his first two matches at the Paris Masters.

    With his place at the World Tour Finals now bagged, Novak Djovokic is next in his sights in the French capital. The pair are due on court at any moment...

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    Andy Murray breaks his racquet against Novak Djokovic

    The trouble is the rivalry has been running in one direction recently.

    In their last seven meetings, Andy Murray's only victory was that glorious day in the sun at Wimbledon 2013.

    Just four weeks ago Djokovic put Murray to the sword, 6-3 6-4, straight sets, bish bash bosh to make the China Open final.

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    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

    Sherlock had Moriarty, Tom had Jerry, Andy Murray has the Djoker.

    Born a week apart, they first met at a junior event in France in 1998.

    Murray left home for Barcelona to develop his talent, and, around the same time, Novak Djokovic departed his native Serbia to train in Munich.

    Both turned professional and climbed the ranks together - Djokovic made the top 100 in July 2005, three months before Murray, and the top 10 in March 2007, a month before his rival.

    They have contested four Grand Slam finals - winning two each, with Djokovic shading the head-to-head record 14-8.

    It is a rivalry that will run and run and run and run and....