Tennis

  • Tennis - Wawrinka's withdrawal from Moselle Open angers organisers

    - Switzerland's Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka's withdrawal from next week's ATP Moselle Open because he said he was tired has not gone down well with the organisers. "The tournament directors did not welcome the news at all of the withdrawal of Stan Wawrinka," the organisers said in a…

    AFP
  • Tennis-No grand slam winners but France have impressive depth

    By Julien Pretot PARIS, Sept 14 (Reuters) - France have a real chance of beating Switzerland in the Davis Cup final, even if Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will stand in their way. While the Swiss, who will play away, rely on the fitness of grand slam champions Federer and Wawrinka in the…

    Reuters
  • Argentina tops Israel in Davis Cup playoff

    Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 3-2 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie. Israel led 2-1 after Saturday's doubles, making this the first time in 24 years that Argentina has rallied to win a Davis Cup tie. In fact, Argentina has rallied to win just twice…

    The Associated Press
  • UPDATE 2-Tennis-Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out

    Open, Cilic snatched the crucial fifth rubber of Croatia's World Group playoff tie against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, beating Thiemo de Bakker 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2 7-5 to complete a 3-2 victory. Cilic, rested for the first singles, had won Saturday's doubles with Marin Draganja.

    Reuters
  • Wozniacki eyeing more Grand Slam finals

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, fresh from her first Grand Slam final appearance in five years, said Monday she was ready to contend for more major titles. The Dane returned to the top ten in the rankings after making the last two of the US Open earlier this month, where she lost to…

    AFP
  • Tennis-Lisicki ends trophy drought with Hong Kong title

    German top seed Sabine Lisicki recovered from a woeful start to beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3 in the final of the WTA Hong Kong Open for her first title in more than three years. Lisicki continued to dominate in the second set and raced to a 4-1 lead but number three seed Pliskova, ranked 36…

    Reuters
  • India-Serbia Davis Cup playoff level at 2-2

    India-Serbia Davis Cup playoff level at 2-2BANGALORE, India (AP) — The Davis Cup World Group playoff between Serbia and India will be decided on Monday after the fifth and decisive singles match was suspended because of rain.Filip Krajinovic was leading

    Associated Press
  • Tennis - Brave Knapp takes Tashkent title

    - Italy's Karin Knapp clinched her first title at the Tashkent Open on Saturday, six years after she feared her career may have ended when she underwent heart surgery. The third seed, a former top 40 player, defeated top-seeded Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) for the trophy. Knapp was 35 in…

    AFP
  • Tennis-Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final

    * Switzerland beat Italy to reach Davis Cup final * Will play France in November (Adds fifth rubber result) GENEVA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy's Fabio Fognini in Geneva on…

    Reuters
  • French players relishing "dream" Davis Cup final

    French players relishing "dream" Davis Cup final PARIS (AP) -- Setting their sights on a first Davis Cup win since 2001, the French players are finding extra motivation in the daunting task awaiting them. France earned its place in the final by ending the two-year dominance of Czech Republic in the…

    The Associated Press
  • Groth, Kyrgios seal 5-0 Davis Cup win for Australia over Uzbekistan

    Groth, Kyrgios seal 5-0 Davis Cup win for Australia over UzbekistanNick Kyrgios and Sam Groth wrapped up a 5-0 clean sweep for Australia in their Davis Cup World Group play-off against Uzbekistan in Perth on Sunday. Big-serving Groth, replacing Lleyton

    AFP
  • Bryans lead U.S. to victory over Slovakia, Canada delayed

    The brothers' 6-1 6-2 6-1 victory over Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko in Chicago gave the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 lead to secure a place in the 2015 World Group. The Bryans needed only 76 minutes to claim the win, taking control early and facing just two break points in total. "It was one…

    Reuters
  • Brazil beats Spain in Davis Cup playoff

    Thomaz Bellucci defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Brazil an unassailable 3-1 lead over Spain in a Davis Cup World Group playoff on Sunday, dropping the five-time champions to the zone groups for the first time since 1996. Bellucci, Brazil's No. 1 player, converted all three…

    Associated Press
  • France qualifies for Davis Cup final

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet put France back in the Davis Cup final by winning the doubles and ending the two-year reign of the Czech Republic on Saturday. Tsonga and Gasquet, who won their singles on Friday, gave Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek a rare doubles defeat in Davis Cup, 6-7…

    The Associated Press
  • France in final, Italy fight back against Swiss

    France reached the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 on Saturday when they took an unassailable 3-0 lead over two-time defending champions Czech Republic in their semi-final. In the November 21-23 final, France will tackle either Switzerland or Italy whose semi-final in Geneva saw the…

    AFP
  • Switzerland beats Italy 3-1 in Davis Cup semifinal

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka each have Grand Slam singles titles, and Olympic gold together in doubles. Now they can win Switzerland's first Davis Cup trophy in the competition's 114-year history. Federer carried the Swiss to a first final in 22 years, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy in the…

    Associated Press
  • Tennis - I'm getting closer to number one, says Nishikori

    - Japan's Kei Nishikori was given a hero's welcome by over 200 fans when he arrived in Tokyo on Saturday after becoming the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final at the US Open. The 24-year-old's dream of claiming the holy grail of a first major title came to a shuddering halt in a 6-3, 6-3,…

    AFP