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Canada beats Australia to reach Davis Cup semifinals

Nov. 21, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Canada became the first team to reach the semifinals of the new Davis Cup Finals, winning the decisive doubles match to beat Australia 2-1 on Thursday. Vasek Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov defeated John Peters and Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-4 to give Canada its first Davis Cup win against the...

Players give mixed reviews halfway through new Davis Cup

Nov. 21, 2019 12:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — At the halfway point, the revamped Davis Cup Finals are drawing praise and criticism. On the one hand, matches have excited and the crowds thrilled. On the other, late night finishes and exploited loopholes in the rules have annoyed the players. After nearly 120 years of playing the Davis Cup...

Bautista Agut leaves Davis Cup Finals because father ill

Nov. 21, 2019 8:43 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut has withdrawn from the Davis Cup Finals because his father is ill. Bautista Agut left the team on Thursday, a day after defeating Nikola Mektic of Croatia in two sets. Organizers said Bautista Agut returned home because the health of his father...

Andy Murray wins in his return to the Davis Cup

Nov. 20, 2019 10:47 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray had been in a similar position before, struggling and needing a big comeback to pull off an important victory. And like he’s done so many times in his career, he again came through with a big rally, this time to lead Britain to a victory over the Netherlands in his return...

Nadal leads Spain to win over Russia in Davis Cup Finals

Nov. 19, 2019 8:22 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal kept Spain’s hopes alive, then Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López completed the comeback in the decisive doubles match to give the hosts a 2-1 win over Russia in the inaugural Davis Cup Finals. Granollers and López defeated Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev...

Old traditions persevere as new Davis Cup begins in Madrid

Nov. 18, 2019 4:22 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...

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...