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Andy Murray v David Ferrer as it happened


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By David Ornstein

2150: All that leaves for me to do is point you in the direction of Piers Newbery's match report from the O2, thank you for your contributions and bid you farewell. Goodnight.

2145: So our attention now shifts back to Group A and Friday sees Rafael Nadal face Tomas Berdych at 1400 GMT before Novak Djokovic takes on Andy Roddick at 2000 GMT. Nadal tops the group on two wins, Djokovic and Berdych have one win apiece and Roddick is winless - but all four men remain in contention going into the final round of matches. Don't get me started on the permutations.

Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Once again another beat down. AM safely thru in the semis with Fed in the group. Would be nice Nadal & Djoker join them."

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from the O2 Arena: "Murray wraps it up 6-2 6-2 and likely to play Nadal in the semis. Can't argue with four games lost in 69 minutes but still wobbly moments."

2135: And here's Murray on the match. "It feels great to be in the semis in London," he said. "They've put on an unbelievable tournament here and it's been almost packed every match. I'd like to play against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Saturday."

2130: Some very average music chat from Andy at the start of his post-match interview. "Like the Meat Loaf song, two out of three ain't bad," says interviewer Mark Petchey, referring to his Group B record of two wins and one defeat. "Sorry, you probably don't like Meat Loaf." Murray's response: "Yes I do, Bat Out of Hell is a great song". Murray and Petchey laugh. The crowd don't.


It's good news for a Briton
The match is over
Murray 6-2 6-2 Ferrer
Ferrer looks a beaten man as Murray goes to 30-0, moves to 40-15 with an ace and confirms his victory with an easy forehand put-away at the net. Game, set, match and a place in the semi-finals. Nice one, Andy.
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Murray* 6-2 5-2 Ferrer
"It's a job really well done," says David Felgate on 5 live sports extra as Murray takes the second of three break points when Ferrer nets a backhand. "He started out nervous - that can happen to every player. In the end he came up with the performance he needed." Murray to serve for the match.
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Murray 6-2 4-2 *Ferrer
That was a game of fairly poor quality. A few more Murray errors give Ferrer break back point but the Spaniard dumps a groundstroke into the net. A running volley helps Britain's finest over the line. The crowd have gone really quiet. More interestingly, Sports Extra are asking if that's Robbie Savage or Guti sitting next to Maradona. Come again? BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury tells me it's actually Claudio Caniggia. Saj also says "this is a dull match". Take his word for it.
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Murray* 6-2 3-2 Ferrer
Murray opens the door by working his way to 15-30 but Ferrer slams it shut by passing Murray with a superb crosscourt backhand and an ace down the middle. Back comes Murray to force break point but Ferrer saves. A second break point. Ferrer saves, Murray challenges, Hawk Eye sides with Ferrer. But here's a third break point and this time a wicked deflection off the top of the net catches Ferrer by surprise and his reaction volley spits into the tramlines. Murray breaks and is about to serve for a 4-2 lead.
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2105: "Murray has all the tools to defeat one-dimensional counterpunchers like Ferrer. When Murray struggles is when he comes up against an aggressive flair player who is playing well. Just look at some of the players he has lost to in Grand Slams: Wawrinka, Tsonga, Gonzalez, Cilic, Berdych... all dangerous power players."
Jack in London via text on 81111

Murray 6-2 2-2 *Ferrer
Hold to love for the world number five. "Now I want him to knuckle down, break serve and wrap this match up," says Felgate on 5 live sports extra.
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Murray* 6-2 1-2 Ferrer
Can Murray strike again? He gives it a good go but Ferrer is nothing if not resilient and digs in for a gritty hold. The Spaniard has won three of his four meetings with Murray. Although all three of those came on clay - and Murray won their only hard court encounter, in Toronto four years ago - two of them were this year and he lifted the recent Valencia Open title on a surface similar to the one in use at the O2, so don't write him off just yet.
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Murray 6-2 1-1 *Ferrer
Dear oh dear oh dear. An utterly horrendous service game from Murray. Three break back points to Ferrer and he gets it immediately when Murray frames a forehand so high it cannons off the big screen above the court. As I said at 1955, the most inconsistent player in the world's top 10.
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Murray* 6-2 1-0 Ferrer
More aggressive tennis from Murray gives him a break point at the start of the second set. He's on a roll, the Scot, and an overhead gives him the break. We could be in for a swift conclusion.
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nigeweir on 606: "It would be fantastic for Murray to have a Grand Slam on his list of impressive achievements. Whether he manages to get one or not, the rest of our nation don't have a cat in hells chance, but he does"


It's good news for a Briton
Murray 6-2 *Ferrer
Murray hustles his way to 40-15. Two set points. Ferrer throws in a few deep forehands but the British number one is up for the challenge and half-volleys a brilliant forehand winner to seal the set and secure his place in the knockout stage of the ATP World Tour Finals. Good job, sir.
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Murray* 5-2 Ferrer
"I'm sure a lot of people are watching this and saying 'why can't Murray play like this every match," says Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Murray makes a blistering start to game seven and Ferrer looks like a boxer on the ropes. Two break points come and go but at the third time of asking Murray comes forward to dispatch a crosscourt forehand. "He's showing us his full repertoire of shots tonight," says Felgate. Murray now one game from a place in the semi-finals.
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Murray 4-2 *Ferrer
Yes he can and quicker than I cane say Diego Maradona, who is in the crowd yet again. As is Andrey Arshavin.
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Murray* 3-2 Ferrer
Signs that Ferrer is losing his concentration as he follows an unforced error with a double fault and paces around in a state of agitation. Murray seems to sense his opponent's vulnerability and pounces for a second break of serve. Can he capitalise this time?
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Murray 2-2 *Ferrer
More pressure from Ferrer and he sweeps into a 30-0 lead. But Murray responds well and squares things up before benefitting from a net cord to move 40-30 ahead. He seals the game with solid volley at the net. Much better from the 23-year-old Scot.
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2030: "Hi David, ask Andy to get a move on and win it quickly. Us chauffeurs waiting outside are getting cold and want to get home early. Come on Andy!"
Mark outside the O2 Arena via text on 81111

Murray* 1-2 Ferrer
Back comes Murray with an immediate break back. Strangely, being broken seems to have settled the Scot. He relaxes and opens his shoulders to surge to 40-0 on the Ferrer serve. Murray twice goes long but perhaps he is just getting his eye in for the coup de grace... a stunning backhand winner down the line. A huge roar of "come on!" follows. Judy, Kim and co are on their feet. Game on.
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Murray 0-2 *Ferrer
Nervy stuff from the British number one. Ferrer looks far more comfortable out there and a delicious lob catches Murray at the net and helps him to 15-40. Two break points. The first is saved when Ferrer miscues a forehand at the net but there's no mistake at the second time of asking as the Spaniard simply keeps the ball in play and Murray flops a woeful backhand into the bottom of the net. First blood to the man from Valencia.
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Murray* 0-1 Ferrer
Impressive start from Ferrer on serve. The world number seven races to 40-0 and, although Murray picks up a point, he comes to the net and vollies his way into an early lead.
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2012: Here we go, Ferrer to serve...

BBC Sport's Piers Newbery tweeting from the O2 Arena: "OK, nearly time for Murray v Ferrer. Lots of Murray in 2s, a few Murray in 3s, no Ferrer in anythings. I blame you all if this goes wrong..."

2008: As always, I demand you play a role in this text commentary by tweeting me @bbcsport_david, texting in on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with TENNIS before your message, or dipping into the 606 message boards.

2005: Here come the players, emerging through the dry ice to strains of London Calling by The Clash. Murray in a white top with a diamond pattern, black shorts, white sneakers. Ferrer sporting a blue number and a white headband. Warming up as we speak.

2000: We started today with 10 permutations for possible qualification outcomes in Group B. Now we're pretty much down to three. 1) If Murray wins, he joins Federer in the semi-finals. 2) If Murray wins one set, he joins Federer in the semi-finals. 3) If Murray loses in straight sets, the player with the best percentage of games won record will join Federer in the semi-finals. Soderling is out. It's all about Murray and Ferrer, folks.

1955: Hello again. Roger Federer's victory over Robin Soderling means Andy Murray needs to win one set against David Ferrer to reach the knockout phase of the ATP World Tour Finals. Sounds easy, eh? Well, it may indeed sound easy but this is the most inconsistent player in the world's top 10 we're talking about and predicting his results this season has been like trying to pick the winning lottery numbers. Murray should do the business - but if he doesn't, we're about to witness the last match of his season.

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