• Beaten Federer consoled by shaking "ghost" off his back

    By Julien Pretot LILLE France (Reuters) - Despite his defeat by Gael Monfils in Friday's second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final, Roger Federer found something to smile about as the Swiss got "a ghost" off his back. The 17-times grand slam champion, who lost 6-1 6-4 6-3 as France drew level…

  • Tennis - Tsonga wants more from French fans

    - A record crowd of 27,432 for an official tennis match and on French soil, but it all fell a bit flat for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  • Tennis-Tsonga disappointed by crowd support at Davis Cup final

    By Julien Pretot LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued a lack of crowd support in his Davis Cup final defeat to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka as a record attendance could not bring the best out of the French number one in his opening singles match on Friday. Some 2,500 Switzerland…

  • Tennis-Davis Cup final attracts record crowd

    LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) - A record crowd of 27,432 people took their seats at the Pierre Mauroy stadium for the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland on Friday. The French tennis federation (FFT) and the International tennis federation (ITF) said the previous record for a…

  • Tennis-Wawrinka gives Switzerland first blood in final

    By Julien Pretot LILLE, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka survived a second-set wobble to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 and give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over hosts France in the Davis Cup final on Friday. World number four Wawrinka was more consistent than French number one Tsonga…

  • Tennis - Losses count too for Monfils

    - You can always expect the unexpected from fiery Frenchman Gael Monfils.

  • Wawrinka forgets London trauma, ready for Davis Cup final

    By Julien Pretot LILLE France (Reuters) - Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka left the ATP World Tour Finals feeling wrecked last weekend but said on Thursday he had fully recovered for the Davis Cup final against France. The world number four wasted four match points in losing a tight semi-final to Roger…

  • Tennis - Federer bloodied but not bowed after Davis Cup shocker

    - For a player who had just endured his worst ever Davis Cup defeat on Friday, Roger Federer sounded surprisingly upbeat.

  • Gael-force Monfils blows France back into final

    By Julien Pretot LILLE France (Reuters) - Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 on Friday. After Stan Wawrinka had given the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2, Monfils was at…

  • Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final

    LILLE, France (AP) -- Saying he has recovered from a back injury, Roger Federer has the chance to finally win one of the only notable titles missing from his collection.

    The Associated Press