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The ATP World Tour Finals produced exhilarating tennis and memorable moments. Andy Murray walked away with the title, but all the players contributed.Here, we look back on the 10 best points of the tournament… Lessons from the O2 We pick out the key conclusions from an action-packed week 10. Milos Raonic (v Novak Djokovic)Djokovic somehow returned a serve, a forehand and two smashes in this one brilliant exhibition of defensive tennis, but he eventually succumbed when Raonic beat him with a third smash.9. Kei Nishikori (v Andy Murray)Nishikori looked poised to save a set point when he lined up a routine smash, but he directed it straight at Murray, who managed to turn his return into a lob. Nishikori had to back-pedal to reach it, and this time unleashed an un-returnable smash. Kei Nishikori played some epic points against Andy Murray 8. Novak Djokovic (v Milos Raonic)Djokovic and Raonic exchanged 19 powerful strokes from the baseline in a key point of their second-set tie break and it seemed only an error would decide matters. Djokovic then charged to the net and looked to have been beaten by a low Raonic passing shot, but the Serb scooped out a deft half-volley at his feet that his opponent was unable to return.7. Gael Monfils (v Dominic Thiem)Monfils had it all to do when he was dragged to the net by a Thiem forehand that clipped the cord, and his situation worsened when the Austrian then sent him scampering back his baseline with a lob. However, Monfils caught up with the ball and hit a forehand winner on the swivel. Sky Sports Black Friday sale Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price! 6. Kei Nishikori (v Andy Murray)Nishikori looked a beaten man when Murray was powering down huge forehands, but the Japanese managed to stay in the point and then decisively turned defence into attack with a forehand winner.5. Novak Djokovic (v Milos Raonic)Djokovic and Raonic were neck and neck at 5-5 in their second-set tie break when Raonic charged to the net. He managed to return Djokovics first attempt at a passing shot, but the Serb then prevailed with an inch-perfect lob that just evaded a fully stretched Raonic and landed safely in. Novak Djokovic shared some memorable points with Milos Raonic 4. Andy Murray (v Kei Nishikori)Murray appeared to be on the verge of losing the opening set when he under-hit an attempted lob and Nishikori lined up what looked guaranteed to be a volleyed winner. Nishikori made perfect contact and found what should have been a winning angle, but Murray anticipated the direction to a tee and turned a defensive backhand into a winner.3. Gael Monfils (v Milos Raonic)Monfils is arguably the most entertaining player on tour and proved why with a no-look backhand drop shot that a scrambling Raonic could only return into the net. Murray was pushed to the limit by Nishikori 2. David Goffin (v Novak Djokovic)Djokovic was dragging a beleaguered Goffin all over the court and it looked like he had won the point when he landed what looked like a perfect drop shot at the net. However, Goffin hit the afterburners and not only reached the ball, but also managed to lob Djokovic and land it bang on the line.1. Andy Murray (v Milos Raonic)Murray looked like he would be caught out when he rushed the net 10 shots into a rally and found a Raonic backhand heading straight for his feet, but the world No 1 showed deft footwork and an even defter touch to half-volley the ball narrowly over the net and just out of reach of his opponent.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4. Also See: World Tour Finals: The verdict Murray is Britain’s greatest Murray wins World Tour Finals Murray: I still need to improve RIO DE JANEIRO -- The IAAF said Saturday it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling.The eligibility of long jumper Darya Klishina was revoked by the IAAF based on new information it received last week, spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told The Associated Press.He would not specify what the new information is or who delivered it, though Klishinas attorney Paul Greene told the AP the case revolves around scratch marks on Klishinas doping sample bottles, identified as part of World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLarens work.McLaren has alleged that Russian security services were able to open supposedly tamper-proof bottles with the intent of swapping out tainted samples for clean urine, leaving behind telltale scratch marks on the glass.The basic idea here is that even a clean athlete like Darya is the victim of the state sponsored doping system, Greene added in a text message. At least thats the IAAF position.Greene said he had not seen the underlying evidence in confidential parts of McLarens report.Klishina, a former European indoor champion, previously was the only one of 68 Russians allowed to compete in the sport amid a massive doping scandal. The IAAF had accepted her application because she is based in the United States. The rest of the Russian team was banned over allegations of a widespread, state-sponsored doping program.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had received Klishinas appeal of the decision imposed by the IAAFs doping review board. The IOC and Russian Olympic Committee were invited to take part in the hearing. CAS said it hopes to issue its verdict by Sunday night.I am a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt, Klishina said in a statement on her Facebook page.Based in the U.S. for three years now, I have been almost exclusively tested outside of the anti-doping system in question, she added, an apparent reference to the Russian anti-doping agency, which remains suspeended over doping cover-ups.ddddddddddddI am falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes, she said.I will take every possible effort to protect my clean image as an athlete, Klishina said. At this moment, I cannot help but feel betrayed by a system that is not focused on keeping the sport clean and supporting rank-and-file athletes, but rather seeking victories outside sport arenas.The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, condemned the IAAF decision. Overall, all of this looks like a mockery of the athlete by the IAAF, he said in a video message posted by the Russian Olympic Committee.The International Olympic Committee ruled out a blanket ban on Russia last month but imposed new rules which have barred some Russian athletes in various sports because their names were implicated in a report by McLaren, who alleged a major doping cover-up.McLaren said he had received leaked emails in which senior Russian Sports Ministry officials discussed whether or not to conceal doping cases related to hundreds of athletes across dozens of Olympic and non-Olympic sports.Some Russian athletes who were named in that report were able to regain their Olympic spots on appeal to CAS, although others were refused.If Darya Klishina is in the McLaren list, then the IAAF must have been aware of it for a long time, Zhukov said. They, as I understand it, only addressed questions to Klishina on Aug. 6. She answered them, and they only took this decision today, Aug. 13. Why it couldnt have been done while all the other federations were examining the problems with athletes who were in the McLaren list is completely incomprehensible.McLaren has said his investigation is continuing and that more athletes could be implicated as more evidence emerges.---AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson contributed. ' ' '