• Swiss praise for Bryan brothers' coach

    LILLE, France (AP) -- Switzerland captain Severin Luthi's decision to hire Bob and Mike Bryan's coach to help his team prepare for the Davis Cup final doubles match proved to be a masterstroke.

    The Associated Press
  • Switzerland on the brink of Davis Cup glory after doubles win

    By Julien Pretot LILLE France (Reuters) - Switzerland made a big step toward a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka's 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau on Saturday. Federer,…

    Reuters
  • French mood slumps after doubles defeat

    By Julien Pretot LILLE France (Reuters) - France spirits soared when Gael Monfils beat Roger Federer to keep them on track for a 10th Davis Cup title but the mood changed dramatically after Saturday's defeat in the doubles. Les Bleus, chasing a first title since 2001, are now 2-1 down against…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Tennis - Halep, Kvitova to play in Sydney International

    - World number three Simona Halep and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will headline the Sydney International women's field in January, organisers have said.

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Switzerland take 2-1 lead against France with doubles win

    LILLE, France, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Switzerland made a big step towards a maiden Davis Cup title when they took a 2-1 lead in the final against hosts France with Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka's 6-3 7-5 6-4 win in the doubles against Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau on Saturday. Federer, who…

    Reuters
  • Tennis - Wawrinka gives Switzerland 1-0 lead in Davis Cup final

    - Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland the perfect start to the Davis Cup final against France on Friday by defeating French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the opening singles.

    AFP
  • Tennis - Losses count too for Monfils

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

    AFP
  • 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.

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Federer and Wawrinka to play Davis Cup final doubles

    LILLE, France, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will pair up for Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against France, organisers said. Switzerland captain Severin Luthi originally named Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer as his doubles pair but had until one…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • Tsonga criticizes French crowd for lack of support

    LILLE, France (AP) -- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued the lack of support of his home crowd Friday after losing to Stan Wawrinka in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland.

    The Associated Press
  • Tennis - Monfils hammers Federer in Davis Cup final

    - Gael Monfils stunned Roger Federer in straight sets to put France and Switzerland level 1-1 after the first day of the Davis Cup final in Lille on Friday.

    AFP