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Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series

Sep. 17, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere at the best-of-five semifinal series between...

After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup

Sep. 16, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup. Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event. After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat...

Chair umpire Ramos hands Cilic warning for slamming racket

Sep. 16, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued a code violation to Croatia after Marin Cilic slammed his racket to the clay and mangled the frame during a Davis Cup loss to Sam Querrey of the United States. Since it was the first violation of the match, it was only a warning. No points were...

Montenegro-Croatia relations in danger over training ship

Sep. 16, 2018 4:10 AM EDT

TIVAT, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro and Croatia have resolved almost all of their differences more than two decades after fighting a war, except for one: a dispute over an 85-year-old former Royal Yugoslav Navy training ship. The majestic sailing vessel called Jadran, or the Adriatic, is currently part of...

Bryan's return from Davis Cup retirement helps keep US alive

Sep. 15, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Doubles specialist Mike Bryan's decision to come out of Davis Cup retirement gave the United States a much-needed lift. Bryan teamed with Ryan Harrison for the first time and helped the Americans outlast Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly five...

Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed

Sep. 15, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell. Two months since the tournament ended with France beating Croatia, the tolerant image presented by Russian law enforcement...

Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain

Sep. 14, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

LILLE, France (AP) — Benoit Paire overcame nerves to win on his Davis Cup debut and Lucas Pouille won a five-set battle as the pair gave defending champion France a 2-0 lead over Spain in the semifinals on Friday. Paire beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 on the indoor hard court at Stade Pierre Mauroy...

US Open umpire tells AP he is focusing on 'working again'

Sep. 14, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final is back at work. Carlos Ramos is working the best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal series between Croatia and the United States. "I'm just focusing on this tie and working again. That's all I can say," Ramos told The...

Through the legs: Coric's 'tweener' draws bows at Davis Cup

Sep. 14, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that had the crowd bowing in admiration during the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday. Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that...

US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

Sep. 13, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The men on the United States' Davis Cup team are treading very carefully over Serena Williams' insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final. Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are about to come face to face...