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Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence

Feb. 20, 2019 5:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Roger Federer will play at the Madrid Open as part of his return to the clay court. Organizers say the 20-time Grand Slam champion will participate in the tournament from May 3-12. The 37-year-old Federer didn't play in clay tournaments for two seasons, but said he will be back this year as...

Tiafoe upset in first match since Australian Open run

Feb. 14, 2019 9:33 PM EST

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Frances Tiafoe lost his first match since the Australian Open quarterfinals, falling to Jason Jung of Taiwan 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday night in the second round of the New York Open. Tiafoe was the No. 2 seed after accepting a wild card into the field and had a first-round bye. The...

Defending champion Croatia to face Spain in new Davis Cup

Feb. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Croatia will meet Rafael Nadal's Spain in the first edition of the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November. Russia also was drawn into the same three-nation group for the inaugural 18-team tournament that will be played in Madrid. Thursday's draw for the six groups also...

Defending champ Anderson out of New York Open with injury

Feb. 7, 2019 4:51 PM EST

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Defending champion Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from the New York Open because of a right elbow injury. Frances Tiafoe, the American who reached the Australian Open quarterfinals before falling to runner-up Rafael Nadal, was added to the field Thursday. The tournament begins Sunday....

Column: 'Why not?' Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals

Jan. 28, 2019 3:31 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase. Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal's total of 17, and five shy of Roger Federer's men's record of 20. So a day after winning the Australian Open for his third Slam...

Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia's 1st No. 1 in tennis

Jan. 28, 2019 3:10 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years. "I feel like I'm literally just still learning," the 21-year-old Osaka said. "Everyone kind of...

Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open

Jan. 27, 2019 12:53 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though. And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to...

Lucky 7: Djokovic routs Nadal for record 7th Australian Open

Jan. 27, 2019 11:33 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his...

Nadal keeps heavy Australian loss to Djokovic in perspective

Jan. 27, 2019 9:16 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lesser experienced players than Rafael Nadal have felt destroyed by the kind of defeat Novak Djokovic inflicted on him in the Australian Open final. Nadal secured his spot in Sunday's championship match by conceding just six games in an overwhelming semifinal win over...

Australian Open Glance: Djokovic wins a record 7th title

Jan. 27, 2019 7:14 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: SUNDAY'S WEATHER Partly cloudy, high of 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit). SUNDAY'S RESULTS Men's singles final: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Men's doubles final: No. 5 Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat No....