Put a Sock in it, 4am fire alarm...

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT - By TOM ALL­NUTT

JACK Sock has told how three of the world’s finest ten­nis play­ers were left stand­ing out­side a London ho­tel at 4am af­ter a fire alarm went off yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Sock, Rafael Nadal and Do­minic Thiem - the world num­bers nine, one and four re­spec­tively - were all made to exit the build­ing in the mid­dle of a week when they are com­pet­ing at the end-of­sea­son ATP Fi­nals.

Nadal had with­drawn due to in­jury late on Mon­day night and Thiem’s next match is not un­til today, but Amer­ica’s Sock had to over­come the dis­rup­tion be­fore beat­ing Marin Cilic later in the af­ter­noon.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the most an­noy­ing noises I’ve ever heard in my en­tire life,” Sock said.

“At first I didn’t know if it was a test or what­ever. Then I re­alised it was 4am so I hoped it wasn’t just a test from the ho­tel.

“I went out­side, saw Rafa, saw Do­minic, every­one was all bun­dled up, freez­ing cold, just want­ing to get back inside. Every­one ob­vi­ously put on clothes – it was pretty cold out­side – some more than oth­ers.

“I prob­a­bly waited in the room for five to seven min­utes, then was prob­a­bly out­side for an­other five to seven. The whole thing was prob­a­bly 15 min­utes of freez­ing, mis­er­able­ness.”

Sock showed lit­tle sign of fa­tigue against Cilic and, as well as claim­ing his own de­but vic­tory at London’s O2 Arena, he be­came the first Amer­i­can to tri­umph at the ATP Fi­nals since Andy Rod­dick in 2007.

Cilic had thrown away a break in the de­cider to lose against Alexan­der Zverev on Sun­day and he man­aged the same again as Sock fought back to win 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7/4).

Cilic will play his last round-robin match against Fed­erer, to whom he lost in the Wim­ble­don fi­nal ear­lier this year. The Croa­t­ian, who led Sock 3-0 in the de­cider, stands on the brink of elim­i­na­tion.

“It is frus­trat­ing, ab­so­lutely” Cilic said. “It’s def­i­nitely dis­ap­point­ing in both matches in that third set af­ter be­ing in a good po­si­tion. But un­for­tu­nately I didn’t close it.”

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