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Rafael Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee

Sep. 19, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he will not play in upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai because of an injured right knee. Nadal says he and his team decided to skip the Asia swing to recover. The top-ranked Spaniard retired in the semifinals of the U.S. Open this month because of the knee problem....

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...

Davis Cup: Already out, Spain salvages pride against France

Sep. 16, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

LILLE, France (AP) — In a contest with nothing at stake except pride, Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (2), 6-3, 13-11 in the final singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal on Sunday. France sealed its spot in the final on Saturday when Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut...

Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final

Sep. 15, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

LILLE, France (AP) — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut gave France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday as the defending champions reached back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002. The French veterans, both aged 36, defeated Marcel Granollers...

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...

Paire to open for France against Spain in Davis Cup

Sep. 13, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

LILLE, France (AP) — Benoit Paire will debut for France in the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday, two years after being sent home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Paire was picked instead of Richard Gasquet, and will play the opening singles for the defending champions against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on...

Luck on France's side, again, ahead of Davis Cup semifinals

Sep. 11, 2018 8:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Sadly for France, Yannick Noah is leaving his job as Davis Cup captain at the end of the year. Since returning to the helm of the squad for the 2016 campaign, the former French Open champion has indeed been a lucky charm. Despite a drop in their individual performances recently, Noah's players...

Fendrich on Tennis: Djokovic ready to chase Federer, Nadal

Sep. 10, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that Novak Djokovic has the same number of Grand Slam titles as his childhood idol, Pete Sampras, it's realistic for him to start thinking about chasing the only two men ahead of him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. If Djokovic is reluctant to speak publicly about the idea of going from...

Big 3 back to Nos. 1-2-3; Osaka at No. 7 after US Open title

Sep. 10, 2018 11:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big 3 is once again 1-2-3. Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open title moved him up three spots to No. 3 in the ATP rankings Monday, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, making that trio the top three for the first time in 3½ years. Naomi Osaka jumped 12 places to a career-high No. 7 in the...

From Osaka to umpires, what we learned during wild US Open

Sep. 10, 2018 3:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals. "It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after her...