Despite being less than fully fit, Murray played a grueling five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Tunisia has reportedly decided because of fixture congestion to withdraw from the 2020 edition in Cameroon of the tournament for footballers playing in their country of birth.
Then, on Saturday, the Amsterdam club announced that veteran international defender Daley Blind had been diagnosed with a heart condition after suffering dizziness in the loss to Valencia.
It wasn't the margins of victory that stuck in the memory. There were two 3-3 draws, between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United at the City Ground and also Wolves and Aston Villa at Molyneux, plus a 4-4 draw that played out between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.
"I am doing all right. I am playing on it. I let the ice take care of its business," he said.
Yasutaka Uchiyama also withdrew from the event earlier this week, with Toshihide Matsui called up instead.
"We just wanted to play well," Jame said. "We just try to play the right way, sharing the ball on offence. Win, lose, or draw we did that tonight."
James, who at 33 produced one of the best seasons of his outstanding career, is in the running for a fifth career MVP title.
for 2020," said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley, who praised his "determination and iron will."
Bizarrely, it was that day's losing side, Oldham Athletic, that recorded the biggest ever Boxind Day win some 27 years after their hiding in Tranmere. The Latics beat Southport 11-0 in Division Four on December 26, 1962, which remains a record.
The former world No.4, who has slipped to 13th, said he was disappointed not to be able to begin his season as hoped for in January.
ATP Cup officials will be relying on on-site medical experts to monitor air quality in Sydney, where cricket and golf events have been affected by haze from the fires in recent weeks.
Elsewhere, Kyle Lowry scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors avenged a Christmas Day loss to Boston with a 113-97 rematch victory over the Celtics.