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MURRAY gets djokovic for no. 1 faceoff

LONDON — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on Saturday set up a showdown for the ATP World Tour Finals title and the yearend No. 1 ranking.

The world's top two players had contrasting wins in the semifinals, with Murray surviving a match point to beat Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7) in 3 hours, 38 minutes, the longest three-setter in ATP finals history. Djokovic needed 66 minutes to dispatch Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1.

Murray began the tournament simply needing to do better than Djokovic to finish No. 1, a spot he has held since winning the Paris Masters two weeks ago. Now that means taking today's winner-takes-all match between the pair of 29-year-olds."

Murray has had a stunning second half of 2016, including wins at Wimbledon and the Olympics. "I'm tired," he said. "I've played so much tennis the last few months. I'll just give my best effort (today). It's going to be tough, obviously."

ET CETERA

Boxing: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields won her pro debut with a decision over Franchon Crews in a four-round super middleweight fight in Las Vegas. The fight was on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev-Andrew Ward light heavyweight title fight.

soccer: Liverpool remained atop the English Premier League despite tying Southampton 0-0, but Manchester City was behind only on goal difference after winning at Crystal Palace 2-1. Arsenal was two points behind after striker Olivier Giroud scored only his third league goal of the season to get a 1-1 draw at Manchester United. … Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid handed rival Atletico Madrid a 3-0 loss and took a four-point lead over Barcelona in the Spanish league. Host Barcelona was unable to overcome the absence of Lionel Messi (ill) and Luis Suarez (suspended) in a 0-0 draw with Malaga. … Borussia Dortmund scored an early goal that sent host Bayern Munich to its first defeat of the season, 1-0, and forced the four-time defending champion to relinquish the top of the Bundesliga to promoted Leipzig. Bayern was three points behind Leipzig. Dortmund moved into third on goal difference.

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Sports in brief 11/19/16 [Last modified: Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:39pm]
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