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Stars get rude awakening; SPORT SHORT TENNIS.

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.

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-of-season ATP Finals.

Nadal had withdrawn due to injury late on Monday night and Thiem's next match is not until today, but Sock had to overcome the disruption before beating Marin Cilic later in the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

"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 is the first American to win at the ATP

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2017
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