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Stephan Shemilt

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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.

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    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic with their trophies

    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.

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

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    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."

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    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."

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    Novak Djokovic with the Paris Masters trophy

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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."

  12. 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."

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

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    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic shake hands after the Serb's victory

    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.

  15. Game, set and match Djokovic

    Murray 2-6 4-6 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic wins

    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.

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    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

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    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?

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    *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.

  20. Djokovic breaks

    Murray 2-6 3-4 Djokovic*

    Novak Djokovic breaks

    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.

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    *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...

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    *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.

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    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."

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    Murray 2-6 3-2 Djokovic*

    Andy Murray fist-pumps

    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?

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    *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...

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    *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."

  27. Murray breaks

    *Murray 2-6 2-2 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic

    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.

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    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...

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    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.

  30. 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.

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    *Murray 2-6 1-1 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic

    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...

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    *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.

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    Murray 2-6 1-0 Djokovic*

    Andy Murray

    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.

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    *Murray 2-6 0-0 Djokovic

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

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    *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...

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    *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.

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    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

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    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.

  40. Game and first set Djokovic

    Murray 2-6 Djokovic

    This is almost Andy Murray's first set in microcosm. There have been times when he has hung with Djokovic, but come up short when it mattered. At 15-30, he's bossing the rally, only to send a forehand an inch or so wide. In the blink of an eye it's 40-30, and one set point is all Djokovic needs.

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    Murray 2-5 Djokovic*

    Djokovic has the balls on his strings. The world number one is serving for the set with a smile on his face...

  42. Djokovic breaks again

    Murray 2-5 Djokovic*

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That was a gift of a break to Djokovic who certainly earned his break in the third game but not quite there. Nine victories for Murray over Djokovic in his career but never when having lost the first set."

  43. Djokovic breaks again

    Murray 2-5 Djokovic*

    Oh, you are kidding. Djokovic only just gets his strings on to the return, Murray has all of Paris in which to place the ball. He can't get it over the net. The set is as good as done.

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    *Murray 2-4 Djokovic

    Murray is slipping into that mood. You know, the one where he looks angry with the world when things don't quite go his way. A dump into the net, a forehand too long. Yet another break point for Djokovic...

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    *Murray 2-4 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic

    There's what can only be described as a Mariachi band playing during the changeover, a huge section of the crowd dressed in green swaying along to the music. It's hot, so hot that Andy Murray has asked for an ice towel. Indoors. In Paris. In November. His black shirt is sticking to his chest, stuck by sweat. After he had to work so hard to hold on to his serve, he can't even take a point off Djokovic.

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    Murray 2-3 Djokovic*

    Once again the Murray first serve keeps him in it, but Djokovic looks to be a cut above when he gets the first shot back. Murray is opting for more trips to the net, a stop-volley takes us deuce five. Finally, with some more impressive serving, Murray survives.

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    *Murray 1-3 Djokovic

    Murray relies on his first serve to get him out of a spot of bother, but Djokovic is always capable of pulling you back towards the soup. When a serve-volley doesn't cut the mustard, Murray has his back to the wall once more...

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    *Murray 1-3 Djokovic

    Huge Djokovic return, Murray having to back up. Break point...

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    *Murray 1-3 Djokovic

    As ever on a hard or indoor court, these men are performing the dance of the squeaky shoes. The Paris soundtrack is like a choir of falsetto hamsters. Murray moving well, it's now his turn to make Novak scamper. The Scot slightly vexed, though, having a word with the umpire about an open door that is casting shadows on the court. Picky. There's a mighty forehand exchange, with Murray then living too dangerously on the line. 30-30. Murray outlasts in another epic exchange, but then lapses into the net. On we go...

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    *Murray 1-3 Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic

    24 shots, that previous rally. Djokovic, chastened, gives it a bit of stand-and-deliver, making Murray work hard once more, with a wild Scottish forehand giving Djokovic a two-game cushion. It's better from Murray, though.

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    Murray 1-2 Djokovic*

    Andy Murray

    We all know that Murray's two Grand Slam triumphs came with final victories over Djokovic, but it's been slim pickings for the Scot since the US Open win of 2012. Yes there was the glory of Wimbledon the following year but, overall, Djokovic has won 12 of the past 14 meetings. Only in Montreal in August did Murray arrest a slide of eight straight defeats. Djokovic, on the back of the break, puts too much meat on a backhand to allow Murray back to 30-30. A Murray error puts his behind, but the deftest, cheekiest, softest of drops ends an eternal rally. On we go...

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    Murray 1-2 Djokovic*

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Barry Flatman, Sunday Times journalist: "That was pretty emphatic. Djokovic was in control over every one of those points, just stepping in a foot or two into the court. That will hit an enormous psychological blow into Murray's mind. Djokovic's confidence must be absolutely supreme at the moment."

  53. Djokovic breaks

    Murray 1-2 Djokovic*

    Just too good from Djokovic, who already has Murray scampering from the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre. A break to love and the early advantage.

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    *Murray 1-1 Djokovic

    As ever, Murray is wearing the ankle braces that are not dissimilar to a young Forrest Gump. Djokovic has white socks pulled halfway up his shins. Are tennis players the only men cool enough to get away with shorts and socks? Murray in a spot of bother here, 0-30 down. A one-two backhand-forehand gives Djokovic three break points...

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    *Murray 1-1 Djokovic

    Djokovic is playing in his 14th final of the season, a record. Only once, all the way back in Doha in January, has the Serb not gone all the way. He's won nine of those finals. Less man, more remorseless winning machine. A few bounces of the ball, a jack-knife into the serve, a hold to love.

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    Murray 1-0 Djokovic*

    The inscription on the net reminds us we're watching the ATP World Tour, signage at each end of the court tells us we're in Paris. Djokovic is already hunting the line, immediately into his precision, surgical tennis. A 22-shot rally ends with Murray dumping into the net, but that is the only dent on the Scot's serve.

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    The court, a rectangle of blue, is first invaded by Djokovic, with Murray wiping his face as he wanders behind. The Briton will serve first.

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    Djokovic is sporting a royal blue shirt and white shorts. Coach Boris Becker is in his box, hair slicked back with a whole tub of styling cream. Murray is in a more sombre black-grey combo. Both are belting down a few final warm-serves.

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    Max Baggins-Craig: It'd be so rude not to back Andy, he definitely deserves a win, he's proved to be a winner, just fell unfortunate a sometimes

  60. Get involved

    And, as always, I'd like you to talk to me. Who is going to prevail in this tussle? And how is Murray going to deal with the hectic schedule ahead of him. Paris Masters, then World Tour Finals, then the Davis Cup final. Text on 81111, or tweet using the hashtag #bbctennis.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    As the players knock up, I'll go through some housekeeping. If you would like an audio accompaniment to this entertaining and informative live text, then you can listen to live commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra by following the audio icon at the top of this page.

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    The dance music abates, the dry ice clears, the players have a little cuddle before the coin toss. Near silence now. Time for a little hit up.

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    Andy Murray

    As if to prove my point, the players are already being announced to a raucous arena in the French capital. Cheers for Murray, but the crowd going positively bonkers for Djokovic. The players walk through a dark tunnel, shown the way by a spotlight. It's all a little James Bond.

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    We're in Paris for the Masters final - Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic. World number three v world number one. Two Grand Slam titles v 10 majors. One of the modern game's great rivalries.

    There's no need for talking. It sells itself.

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    Talking. Sport is full of it. Too much so.

    Sack the manager/give him more time. He should/should not be playing. They are too good/not good enough on this surface. That shirt isn't white enough/is too white for Wimbledon.

    Let's dispense with the talking. Let's just play tennis.