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Dominic Thiem beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in low-key opening of ATP Finals

  • US Open champion wins in three sets
  • Event being held in London for last time

So, this is the way the ATP Finals end. Not with a bang but the hum of the air-conditioning system in an empty 20,000-seat hall competing with the echoing squeak of the players’ shoes on the first of eight long days in the event’s farewell to London after 12 years.

Granted, it does not scan quite like TS Eliot would have intended. But it might do as an elegy for a bleak season as the best players in the world strive to care about the integrity of their endeavours while the world outside goes silently about its socially distanced business.

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