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Old traditions persevere as new Davis Cup begins in Madrid

Nov. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Costume-wearing fans, boisterous crowds, exciting matches. Old traditions were preserved when the revamped Davis Cup began a new era on Monday in Madrid. As the 18-team Davis Cup Finals got underway in its new weeklong World Cup-style format at the “Magic Box” tennis complex,...

Tsitsipas beats Thiem in 3 sets to win ATP Finals title

Nov. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Three years after coming to the ATP Finals as a hitting partner to the top pros, Stefanos Tsitsipas is leaving the tournament as champion. Tsitsipas rallied to beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for the biggest title of his career, becoming the youngest champion at the...

Nadal ready to lead Spain at new-look Davis Cup

Nov. 17, 2019 1:00 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has arrived in Madrid to lead Spain in the new-look Davis Cup Finals. “It’s a new competition and we must be focused,” Nadal said Sunday. “The first thing is to get familiar with it and to know that each match is vital.” Spain opens...

French duo Mahut, Herbert win doubles title at ATP Finals

Nov. 17, 2019 12:32 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the doubles title at the ATP Finals for the first time on Sunday after going through the entire tournament without dropping a set. Mahut and Herbert beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4 to complete...

Federer braced for another next-gen challenge in 2020

Nov. 16, 2019 7:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — After dominating the tennis world for so long, Roger Federer thinks the sport’s Big Three could face their toughest challenge yet from a new generation in 2020. Federer’s 2019 season ended with a semifinal loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday at the ATP Finals, having seen...

Tsitsipas, Thiem set up title match at ATP Finals

Nov. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The first time Dominic Thiem played at the ATP Finals, he was handed an unknown Greek teenager as a hitting partner in training. Three years later, Thiem is facing that same player in the final of the season-ending tournament. Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev in the semifinals...

Former No. 4 Tomas Berdych announces retirement from tennis

Nov. 16, 2019 3:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych announced his retirement from tennis on Saturday after a 17-year professional career. The 34-year-old Berdych confirmed the decision at the ATP Finals, saying his body no longer allows him to compete at the highest level after struggling with a back...

Zverev advances to semis at ATP Finals; Nadal eliminated

Nov. 15, 2019 6:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Alexander Zverev secured the last semifinal spot at the ATP Finals on Friday, eliminating Rafael Nadal in the process. Zverev beat already eliminated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (4) at the O2 Arena to finish second behind Stefanos Tsitsipas in the group and set up a semifinal...

Despite exit, Nadal enjoys relative success at ATP Finals

Nov. 15, 2019 5:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal is leaving the ATP Finals with a big trophy, even though he failed again to secure the title at the elite tournament. Nadal was eliminated in the group stage of the season-ending event on Friday, but could still look back on a successful week after edging out Novak Djokovic for...

New Davis Cup era begins with revamped format, new features

Nov. 15, 2019 7:27 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The famous face behind the biggest overhaul in Davis Cup history can’t hide his anxiety. The men’s international team tournament that begins Monday in the Spanish capital will look nothing like the first one in 1900, nor any other edition after that. “To tell you the...