HALLE, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer began his bid for a record-extending 10th Halle Open title with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Australia's John Millman on Tuesday, with defending champion Borna Coric...
PARIS (AP) — Playing two straight five-set matches ahead of his French Open quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal was certainly not the ideal preparation for Kei Nishikori.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
LYON, France (AP) — French veteran Benoit Paire denied Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime his first ATP title in a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.
LYON, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime hit 11 aces in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Steve Johnson on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Lyon Open.
LYON, France (AP) — Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the third round of the Lyon Open with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 over John Millman of Australia on Tuesday.
MUNICH (AP) — Unseeded American Denis Kudla upset fifth-seeded Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Munich Open.
Kudla, who is ranked 82nd, never faced a break point...
Top-seeded Nishikori wins in Dubai; Cilic loses to Monfils
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday by beating Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, while No. 3 Marin Cilic was...
Berdych sweeps aside Paire at Open Sud de France; Goffin out
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Former champion Tomas Berdych swept aside Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-0 in less than one hour on Wednesday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.
The unseeded Czech broke Paire's serve five times, and saved both break points he faced against the eighth-seeded Frenchman. Berdych, who won the indoor hardcourt title in 2012, next faces Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in their first meeting on the ATP Tour.
Tomas Berdych enjoys winning return to Open Sud de France
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Former champion Tomas Berdych made a winning return to the Open Sud de France on Tuesday with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory over German qualifier Matthias Bachinger.
Berdych, who won the hardcourt title in 2012, saved seven of the 11 break points he faced to win in 2 hours, 12 minutes.
The Czech player will next face eighth-seeded Benoit Paire, who defeated Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 7-5, 6-3. Berdych has won all three previous meetings against the French player.
The Latest: Thiem fends off Paire in 5 at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem held off Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 in a first-round Australian Open match that finished after 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
Thiem, a French Open finalist last year, got the decisive break in the eighth game of the fifth set and had two match points when he coasted to 40-15 in the next game.
Anderson advances to Maharashtra Open semifinals
PUNE, India (AP) — Kevin Anderson advanced to the semifinals of the Maharashtra Open by beating Jaume Munar 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The top-seeded South African broke Munar four times to set up a meeting with Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat him in the 2018 final.
"I thought I did a really good job creating opportunities and taking them, so definitely felt good out there," Anderson said.
Anderson advances to Maharashtra Open quarterfinals
PUNE, India (AP) — Kevin Anderson reached the quarterfinals of Maharashtra Open by beating Laslo Djere 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6) on Wednesday.
The top-seeded South African, who lost to Gilles Simon in last year's final, hit 20 aces and saved a set point in the second set.
Anderson will next face Jaume Munar. The seventh-seeded Spaniard defeated Simone Bolelli 7-5, 6-0.
Karlovic advances at Maharashtra Open
PUNE, India (AP) — Ivo Karlovic beat an opponent more than two decades younger than him on Tuesday with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the first round of the Maharashtra Open.
The 39-year-old Croat served 13 aces against his 18-year-old Canadian opponent. His next opponent is Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
Anderson advances at Japan Open with win over Edben
TOKYO (AP) — Second-seeded Kevin Anderson advanced to the second round of the Japan Open by beating Matthew Ebden 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2 on Wednesday.
Anderson hit 22 aces and saved five of six break points. He will next face Frances Tiafore.
Also, third-seeded Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Benoit Paire. Nishikori will face either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alex de Minaur in the next round.
Nishikori beats defending champ Gojowczyk at Moselle Open
METZ, France (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open by beating defending champion Peter Gojowczyk of Germany, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Wednesday.
Gojowczyk earned his maiden ATP title in Metz last year but couldn't save either of the two break points he faced against Nishikori, which was enough for the Japanese player to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 33 minutes.
Davis Cup: Paire and Pouille give France 2-0 lead vs Spain
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 before France's No. 1 player Pouille defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Paire to open for France against Spain in Davis Cup
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 an indoor hard court in the northern city of Lille.
Lucas Pouille, who won the decisive fifth match in the 2017 final, will then play Roberto Bautista Agut.
Paire in France team for Davis Cup semifinals against Spain
PARIS (AP) — Benoit Paire received his first Davis Cup call-up on Tuesday and will be part of the France team that takes on Spain in the semifinals.
In the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, who are out injured, the 56th-ranked Paire was selected by France captain Yannick Noah.
Noah said he received guarantees from the quick-tempered Paire, a talented player known for smashing his rackets, that he was "motivated" and committed to the team.
US Open glance: A man named Tennys takes on Djokovic in Ashe
A quick look at the U.S. Open:
WASHINGTON (AP) — French tennis player Benoit Paire's racket-breaking tantrum at the Citi Open cost him $16,500 in fines levied by the ATP — more than twice his prize money at the tournament.
A tour spokesman said Wednesday that Paire was docked for unsportsmanlike conduct, audible obscenity and a lack of best efforts.
Paire repeatedly spiked and threw rackets late in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 first-round loss to Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Benoit Paire caused quite a racket at the Citi Open, repeatedly spiking and throwing his equipment until the crowd booed him off the court.
The French tennis player displayed not even a hint of joie de vivre in the late going of his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 loss on Tuesday to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, the 2010 runner-up at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open and the 2006 runner-up at the Australian Open.
LONDON (AP) — Two-time champion Andy Murray pulled out of Wimbledon on Sunday because of a bad hip that has been a problem for about a year and was surgically repaired less than six months ago.
The All England Club announced Murray's withdrawal a day before the grass-court Grand Slam tournament begins.
LONDON (AP) — Everything's changed for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time.
A two-time champion at the All England Club, he's not really considered a serious title contender — by himself or by anyone else, for that matter.
He is not as prepared as usual as the grass-court Grand Slam tournament's Monday start approaches, having played a total of three matches all year after recently returning from hip surgery.
He is not seeded, because his ranking is outside the top 150.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open on Friday.
Federer was made to work hard by Ebden, who saved five of the eight break points he faced and was leading 5-3 in the second set.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer survived two match points against Benoit Paire to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) win on Thursday.
Paire rallied after losing the first set to take the second, and the Frenchman defended two match points at 6-5 in the decider to force a tiebreaker. Eight minutes later, it was a match point for the 48th-ranked Paire, and again when a mistake from Federer left it 7-6 in Paire's favor.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Tomas Berdych beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (3), 6-4 to end his five-match losing streak and reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open on Thursday.
The third-seeded Czech dropped just six first-serve points and saved the only break he faced.
Berdych next faces Milos Raonic, who beat Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-4. The seventh-seeded Canadian is going for his first title on grass.
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Gilles Simon beat Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (5) in an erratic all-French match featuring 12 breaks of serve to reach the Grand Prix Hassan II second round on Monday.
Although Simon had no aces and double-faulted four times, he returned better and broke the sixth-seeded Paire's serve seven times from eight chances.
Simon, who won the clay-court tournament in 2008 when it was in Casablanca, beat his countryman for the fifth time in eight career meetings.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic's 16-match Key Biscayne winning streak ended, and his struggle to come back from an elbow injury continued.
Djokovic lasted barely an hour at a tournament he has won six times, losing his opening match Friday in the Miami Open to Benoit Paire, 6-3, 6-4.
Wawrinka loses to Dutchman Griekspoor in Rotterdam
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Stan Wawrinka hit 41 unforced errors Tuesday as he crashed out of the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, losing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to 259th-ranked Tallon Griekspoor.
It was the first win in an ATP tournament for the 21-year-old Dutchman, who dominated the second and third sets against a lackluster Wawrinka.
"Unbelievable, I have no words for it, beating such a great champion," Griekspoor said.
Goffin to face Gasquet in Open Sud de France semis
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Top seed David Goffin did not face a break point as he beat qualifier Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Sud de France.
Goffin, who had an excellent season last year capped by a runners-up spot at the ATP Finals, next meets triple champion Richard Gasquet.
Gasquet got off to a slow start against fourth seed Damir Dzumhur but eventually progressed 6-4, 6-2 at the indoor tournament. He was 4-1 down before winning 11 of the last 13 games.
Top-seeded Cilic advances to Maharashtra Open semifinals
PUNE, India (AP) — Top-seeded Marin Cilic advanced to the Maharashtra Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday.
Cilic served seven aces and lost only one of his first service points in a match that lasted 64 minutes.
The sixth-ranked Croatian, who is bidding to win his third title in India, will meet Gilles Simon in the semifinals after Frenchman ended Spanish qualifier Ricardo Ojeda Lara's run with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
Federer, Del Potro, Cilic advance to Basel quarterfinals
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro both eased into the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals by beating French opponents in straight sets on Thursday.
Top-seeded Federer cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over 40th-ranked Benoit Paire in 57 minutes.
Federer took his second match-point chance on Paire's serve, approaching the net to hit a forehand crosscourt winner.
Federer beats Tiafoe in 1st round at hometown Basel event
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer eased past United States teenager Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday.
Federer never faced a break point in the 61-minute match and won every point when his first service landed safely.
A seven-time champion at his hometown event in Basel, Federer clinched the victory when the 76th-ranked American put a backhand volley into the net.
Del Potro advances to 2nd round at Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro needed all three sets to reach the second round at the Shanghai Masters, beating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 on Monday.
Del Potro, a Shanghai semifinalist in 2013, struggled with his second serve. Although he won 40 of 49 points on his first serve, he only captured 13 of 30 second-serve points.
Paire faces qualifier Gojowczyk in Moselle Open final
METZ, France (AP) — Benoit Paire reached his first final of the year at the Moselle Open on Saturday, defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-1, 7-6 (5).
The seventh-seeded Frenchman, who had lost his four previous semifinals this year, faces German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on Sunday.
Paire saves match point to beat Goffin at Moselle Open
METZ, France (AP) — French player Benoit Paire came out on top of a tight battle with David Goffin to reach the semifinals of the Moselle Open on Friday after saving one match point.
Paire edged the 2014 champion 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (7) after nearly 2 1/2 hours at the indoor tournament.
Goffin led 4-2 in the decider and failed to convert a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker.
Goffin rallies past Almagro at Moselle Open
METZ, France (AP) — Second-seeded David Goffin hit 13 aces to rally past Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals at the Moselle Open on Thursday.
Defending champion Lucas Pouille, who won his maiden title at the same tournament last year, lost to 86th-ranked Marius Copil of Romania 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6).
Gasquet loses in 1st round at Moselle Open
METZ, France (AP) — Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin in the first round of the Moselle Open on Tuesday, while top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew from the tournament with an injury to his left hand.
Organizers said the 10th-ranked Spaniard, who made it to the semifinals at the U.S. Open and was due to play his opening match in Metz on Thursday, had been replaced in the draw by Frenchman Kenny De Schepper.
Qualifier De Schepper upsets Paire at Croatia Open
UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Qualifier Kenny De Schepper upset another Frenchman, seventh-seeded Benoit Paire, to advance to the second round of the Croatia Open on Tuesday with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.
Paire struggled with his serve, producing a total of 11 double faults, and was broken eight times by his 148th-ranked opponent.
Eighth-seeded Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic made the second round after a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Norbert Gombos of Slovakia.
LONDON (AP) — Henman Hill? Murray Mound? Konta Cliff? At Wimbledon on Monday, it was all three.
For the first time since 1973, Britain will have players in the quarterfinals of both the men's and women's singles draws.
Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 to become the first British woman to reach the last eight at Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984. Andy Murray then beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 to progress to the quarterfinals for a 10th consecutive time.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Lucas Pouille will play Feliciano Lopez in the final of the Stuttgart Open.
Pouille, the No. 4 seed, defeated fellow French player Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 7-5, and Lopez prevailed 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4), 7-5 over the sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev of Germany in the other semifinal on Saturday.
Lopez, who upset the third-seeded Tomas Berdych on Friday, will play his first final of the season as he bids for his sixth career title.
PARIS (AP) — Unfortunately for Rafael Nadal, the French Open draw didn't make things easy.
Fortunately, though, he is back in top form as he starts his quest for a 10th title at Roland Garros.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion was drawn in the same half as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and up-and-coming Dominic Thiem on Friday.
In addition, the fourth-seeded Nadal will also need to deal with the talented and unpredictable Benoit Paire in the first round.