Cilic, Dimitrov, Anderson all lose at Queen’s Club
LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Marin Cilic, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson all lost at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament on Thursday.
Brown beats top-seeded Zverev at Stuttgart Open
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — German qualifier Dustin Brown upset top-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Milos Raonic hit 31 aces to beat Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday.
Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final
SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women's singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International.
Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.
Barty beat No. 1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final.
Kvitova apologized to Barty and the crowd for spoiling the Australian's Sydney party.
Anderson walks tall at Maharashtra Open
PUNE, India (AP) — Top-seeded Kevin Anderson won his sixth ATP title when he recovered from 5-2 down in the decisive tiebreaker to beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) in the Maharashtra Open final on Saturday.
It was Anderson's fourth victory in five meetings against Karlovic.
Anderson, of South Africa, lost last year's final against Gilles Simon but defeated the Frenchman in straight sets on Friday in the semifinals.
39-year-old Karlovic reaches Maharashtra Open final
PUNE, India (AP) — Ivo Karlovic became the oldest player in 42 years to qualify for a tour-level final by beating Steve Darcis 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 at the Maharashtra Open on Friday.
The 39-year-old Karlovic will face top-seeded Kevin Anderson, who beat defending champion Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.
He is the oldest player to reach a title match since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall at Hong Kong in 1977.
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.
Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final against Croatia
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead France in the Davis Cup final against Croatia this month as the hosts bid to win successive titles.
Pouille was the highest-ranked player among Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the team picked by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
Federer beats Simon in 3 tough sets in Swiss Indoors QFs
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer was pushed hard to beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.
Top-seeded Federer clinched after more than 2-1/2 hours on court, breaking Simon's serve when the 32nd-ranked Frenchman sent a backhand long from the baseline.
Federer puffed out his cheeks in a gesture of relief when taking the applause from his hometown crowd in Basel, where he seeks a ninth career title.
Federer rallies to reach Swiss quarterfinals
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer made it 17 wins in a row at the Swiss Indoors when he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to march into the quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Swiss, who was born in Basel, had his serve broken in the third game, but he fought back well by winning five consecutive games to stay on course to reach the final for the 14th time.
Simon wins 3rd Moselle Open title
METZ, France (AP) — Frenchman Gilles Simon earned his third Moselle Open title on Sunday with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over German qualifier Matthias Bachinger.
The 33-year-old Simon claimed his second title this season after his victory at the Tata Open in January.
Simon, who also won the tournament in 2010 and 2013, hit 10 aces and saved three of the four break points he faced.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro faces some major challenges if he's going to go any further at Wimbledon after reaching consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
First, on Wednesday he'll take to the court for a third consecutive day amid concerns over his fitness. Second, his opponent will be two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal.
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Roger Federer has been pushed off Wimbledon's Centre Court for the first time in three years.
The eight-time champion is scheduled to play Wednesday's quarterfinal against Kevin Anderson on No. 1 Court — his first match away from Wimbledon's showcase venue since 2015. That year Federer beat Gilles Simon on No. 1 Court in the quarterfinals.
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.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Denis Istomin upset two-time finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday.
Kohlschreiber failed to create any break points and was forced to fend off six from the 100th-ranked Istomin. The Uzbek won in 1 hour, 41 minutes and next faces another German, Florian Mayer.
LYON, France (AP) — Dominic Thiem warmed up for the French Open with a 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 win against Gilles Simon in the Lyon Open final on Saturday.
The top-seeded Austrian recovered from a break down in the second set to secure his second title of the season and 10th of his career.
It was his seventh win in nine matches against Simon, who was bidding for his 14th title. Thiem broke the 33-year-old Frenchman's serve four times.
MONACO (AP) — Karen Khachanov was clinical on his serve in a 7-5, 6-4 win against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.
The big-serving Russian had five aces and did not face a single break point. He might even have made the win more comfortable.
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Russian qualifier Alexey Vatutin beat top-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (4), 6-2 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.
Vatutin is playing in his first ATP World Tour event and next faces two-time champion Pablo Andujar in the last eight.
In another upset, Morocco's Lamine Ouahab recovered from losing the first set to oust 2017 finalist Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (3).
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.
Krajinovic, Khachanov reach 2nd round of Open 13
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Eighth-seeded Serb Filip Krajinovic and ninth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov advanced to the second round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.
Krajinovic rallied to beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 — with both players hitting six aces and dropping serve three times— while Khachanov had 15 aces in a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win against Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium.
Top-seeded Goffin reaches Open Sud de France quarterfinals
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium reached the quarterfinals of the Open Sud de France on Wednesday by beating French veteran Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2.
The 33-year-old Simon had won two of their three previous matches but dropped his serve six times. Goffin next plays Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania or Karen Khachanov, who played their second-round match on Thursday.
Simon beats Anderson to win Maharashtra Open
PUNE, India (AP) — Gilles Simon won his first major ATP Tour title since 2015 when the Frenchman defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the final of the Maharashtra Open on Saturday.
The World No. 89 Simon was in supreme form in the opening week of the new year as he also defeated defending champion Roberto Bautisa Agut in the second round and stunned top- seeded Marin Cilic in the semifinals.
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.
Cilic eases into quarterfinals in India, 3rd seeded Agut out
PUNE, India (AP) — Marin Cilic of Croatia comfortably beat India's Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-3 at the Maharashtra Open on Wednesday, but third seed Roberto Bautista Agut was eliminated
The top-seeded Cilic, who is ranked sixth in the world, needed only 72 minutes to book his spot in the quarterfinals.
Despite losing serve at 5-3 in the first set, Cilic broke back immediately to clinch the first set and dropped only seven points across five service games in the second to seal an easy victory.
Qualifier Ojeda Lara beats Vesely in straight sets
PUNE, India (AP) — Spanish qualifier Ricardo Ojeda Lara upset sixth-seeded Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6 (5) Monday in the first round of the Maharashtra Open.
It was Ojeda Lara's first win over a player ranked in the top 100.
Pablo Andujar, playing his first tour-level match since 2016 due to an elbow injury, made an early exit when Nicolas Jarry beat the Spaniard 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
Top-seeded Cilic advances to 2nd round of Japan Open
TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Marin Cilic advanced to the second round of the Japan Open on Monday by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2.
Cilic, who is aiming for his first Japan Open title after reaching the 2016 semifinals and the 2015 quarterfinals, had eight aces and won 24 of his 29 first-service points.
"He (Tsitsipas) is a great player and we had a very high level of tennis," said Cilic, who turned 29 on Thursday. "I'm glad to be in the second (round)."
Former champ Gilles Simon loses to Gojowczyk at Moselle Open
METZ, France (AP) — German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk upset two-time former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Moselle Open on Wednesday.
The 95th-ranked Gojowczyk fired eight aces as he defeated the eighth-seeded Simon in 1 hour and 34 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals.
France favorite to reach Davis Cup final despite poor form
PARIS (AP) — With Novak Djokovic out of the Davis Cup semifinals, even a French lineup struggling for form is heavily favored to reach the team event final for the 18th time.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lead France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the venue where France lost to Switzerland the last time it made it to the final three years ago.
In the other semifinal series in Brussels, Belgium will host 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay.
Tsonga and Pouille lead France in Davis Cup against Serbia
PARIS (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille will lead France in singles play in the Davis Cup semifinals against Serbia.
France captain Yannick Noah selected the 12th-ranked Tsonga and 20th-ranked Pouille ahead of No. 22 Gael Monfils, who is named as a reserve.
Tsonga is 18-7 in career singles and Pouille is 3-1.
"Jo remains our No. 1, we spoke a few times on the phone," Noah said. "He told me he's motivated for this semi."
UMAG, Croatia (AP) — Unseeded Marco Cecchinato defeated fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to open the Croatia Open with an upset result on Monday.
The 105th-ranked Italian broke his 36th-ranked opponent twice in the opening set, and did the same in the decisive third set after the favorite Simon won the second.
Cecchinato will next face local wild card Ivan Dodig, who beat unseeded Marius Copil of Romania 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the only other main-draw match.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Tommy Haas lined up a second-round meeting with Roger Federer, while seeded players Gilles Simon and Viktor Troicki both made an early exit from the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Haas, playing for the last time at the grass-court tournament, defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in their first-round match. The victory set up another clash with Federer, who has already won 15 titles on grass and is playing again after a 10-week break.
Raonic and Tsonga reach Lyon semifinals
LYON, France (AP) — Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada eased into the semifinals of the Lyon Open with a straight sets victory over Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias on Thursday.
Elias had defeated Juan Martin del Potro the previous day, but Raonic was never in difficulty as he won 6-4, 6-3. He will next play third-seeded Tomas Berdych after the Czech player beat No. 5 Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-0.
MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to defeat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the third round at the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
Tsonga loses opening match in Monte Carlo, Djokovic wins
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Back on court for the first time since the birth of his son, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was upset by a qualifier in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday.
The seventh-seeded Tsonga lost to fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in the first big tournament of the clay-court swing.
Novak Djokovic, playing his first match on clay since winning the French Open last year, was kept on court for more than 2 ½ hours by Frenchman Gilles Simon.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Tenth-seeded David Goffin won an all-Belgian contest to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday as the first big tournament of the clay court season got underway.
Goffin broke Steve Darcis five times and needed just 72 minutes to post a 6-2, 6-1 win at the Country Club.
PARIS (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah has replaced Gilles Simon with Jeremy Chardy for the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Britain.
Noah said Chardy seemed to have adapted more quickly in training for the series on indoor clay, saying that "it was not an easy choice, but I preferred to make it quite quickly."
Simon is ranked 30 and has more experience than Chardy, who is ranked 68 and has played only three Davis Cup matches, winning all three in singles.
Tsonga and Gasquet to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal
PARIS (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet will miss France's Davis Cup quarterfinal series against Britain next month.
France captain Yannick Noah said Tuesday that Tsonga is lacking competition and not ready to play following the birth of his first child. Gasquet is still recovering after appendix surgery.
"Jo is out and Richard is just gradually resuming training. He won't be competitive before about 15 days," Noah said on a conference call.
Defending champion Kyrgios into semifinals in Marseille
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Defending champion Nick Kyrgios made light work of Norbert Gombos to reach the Open 13 semifinals on Friday, beating the Slovakian qualifier 6-3, 6-3 in less than an hour.
The third-seeded Australian hit 15 aces and lost just six points on his serve to set up a first career meeting against second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Mahut beats 5th-seeded Zverev, while 6th-seeded Gasquet wins
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French veteran Nicolas Mahut beat German teen Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to reach the second round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Mahut withstood 10 aces from the 19-year-old Zverev, seeded fifth and considered one of the rising stars of tennis. Both players dropped serve once in the second set. Mahut next plays Slovakian qualifier Norbert Gombos.
Davis Cup: France completes 4-1 victory over Japan
TOKYO (AP) — France completed a 4-1 win over Japan in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie on Sunday.
France secured a quarterfinal berth on Saturday with a win by the doubles pairing of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut that followed singles victories by Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon.
Davis Cup: France takes 2-0 lead over Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon gave France a 2-0 lead over Japan after singles victories in a Davis Cup World Group first-round match on Friday.
Simon beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the second singles match after Gasquet overpowered Taro Daniel 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the opener at Ariake Colloseum.
Japan's top-ranked player Kei Nishikori has opted out of the tournament due to a busy schedule.
Simon rallies to beat Benneteau in Paris Masters first round
PARIS (AP) — Gilles Simon rallied to beat Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an all-French match in the first round of the Paris Masters on Monday.
In their ninth career meeting dating back to 2007, Simon cracked Benneteau's resistance in a tense first game of the deciding set and won the next three to go 4-0 up.
"Julien's a very good player and you always have to be wary of him," Simon said. "It was a tough match and I'm glad I reacted well to get through."
Top seed Murray overcomes slow start to beat Simon in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) — Top-seeded Andy Murray overcame a slow start against Gilles Simon of France before winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 and advancing to his 13th quarterfinal of the season at the Erste Bank Open on Thursday.
The Scot, who improved to 16-2 against Simon in their career matches, clinched his 12th straight win of the season after taking back-to-back titles in Beijing and at the Shanghai Masters, where he beat Simon in the semifinals.