Grigor Dimitrov battles through nerves to outclass Dominic Thiem at ATP Finals

• Dimitrov beats Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
• Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lose to Bryan brothers 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8

Nostalgics who dread the inevitable departure from the game of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal rejoiced when two heirs presumptive, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem, lit up the royal blue arena on the second day of the ATP World Tour Finals with classicism from a bygone era.

Like Federer, both employ sublime, single-handed backhands, but it was Dimitrov’s that whirred most like a scimitar under the lights, bringing him nine clean winners in two hours and 19 minutes on his way to subduing the Austrian, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

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