The Latest: Stosur, Zhang to meet champs in doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):
Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai set up a women's doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.
Top-ranked Djokovic, Halep honored by ITF as World Champions
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings.
Djokovic, recognized by the ITF for the sixth time, won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles a year after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.
Mike and Bob Bryan set to reunite for doubles in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Mike and Bob Bryan are set to reunite as a doubles combination next month in New Zealand when the brothers begin their 21st season on the ATP Tour.
Bob Bryan has been sidelined since injuring his hip in the lead-up to the French Open, and Mike paired with fellow American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and the ATP Finals, taking the world No. 1 ranking on his own.
Osuigwe, 16, clinches Australian Open wild card from USTA
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Whitney Osuigwe, a 16-year-old from Florida, has earned an Australian Open wild-card berth from the U.S. Tennis Association.
Osuigwe clinched a spot in the field at next year's first Grand Slam tournament by faring the best in recent lower-level tournaments, including a title at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Tyler, Texas.
She played in the main draw at a major championship for the first time at the 2018 U.S. Open, gaining entrance by winning the USTA 18s national title.
Gasquet will face Sock after beating Shapovalov in Paris
PARIS (AP) — In a battle of different generations, home favorite Richard Gasquet beat Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in straight sets to reach the second round of the Paris Masters, where he will face American defending champion Jack Sock.
The 32-year-old Gasquet was 3-0 down in the opening set but rallied to win 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Monday.
Another Frenchman was safely through after Adrian Mannarino beat compatriot Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-2. He next plays 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Nadal to make comeback from knee injury at Paris Masters
PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is slated to make his comeback from a knee injury at the Paris Masters next week.
Organizers said the 17-time Grand Slam Champion arrived in Paris on Friday. The Spaniard has a bye to the second round in Paris, where he will face either countryman Fernando Verdasco or Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
Tsitsipas, Sock reach Stockholm Open quarterfinals
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 4 Jack Sock both needed three sets to reach the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open on Wednesday.
Tsitsipas beat John Millman of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a little more than two hours, while Sock outlasted Swedish home favorite Elias Ymer 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 at the indoor hardcourt tournament. Chung Hyeon of South Korea also reached the quarters by beating American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-3.
Federer-Djokovic lose doubles match at Laver Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic looked quite comfortable while playing together for the first time Friday night.
Except for one particular point.
Djokovic drilled Federer in the lower back with a forehand in the third game of their doubles match against Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock in the Laver Cup. Djokovic covered his mouth with his left hand and leaned over after the ball went off his partner.
"I apologized right away," Djokovic said. "It didn't look that great."
Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have played against each other 46 times. From Monaco to Shanghai and everywhere in between. Regular, run-of-the-mill tournaments and major finals.
On Friday night, they play on the same side of the net for the first time.
Sock injured, out of US team for Davis Cup semifinals
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Jack Sock is out of the United States team for the Davis Cup semifinals against Croatia because of a hip injury and has been replaced by Ryan Harrison.
U.S. captain Jim Courier says Sock was hurt last week while playing in the doubles semifinals at the U.S. Open with Mike Bryan. Harrison was already on standby for the Davis Cup.
Courier says "it's a factor in Davis Cup all the time, having to be prepared for these last-minute changes."
US Open final chair ump Ramos to work US-Croatia Davis Cup
The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams a game in the U.S. Open final has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia, The Associated Press has learned.
International Tennis Federation spokeswoman Heather Bowles confirmed to the AP on Tuesday that Carlos Ramos was chosen to work at the best-of-five series between the countries that begins Friday and concludes Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.
Mike Bryan, Sock win US Open, but remain a temporary team
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan, now with more Grand Slam doubles titles than any man, can pick his partnership next year.
He can go back to twin brother Bob, who expects to return from a hip injury.
Or he can stick with Jack Sock, keeping together a perfect pairing in Grand Slam tournaments.
"I think Bob is maybe the front-runner if he gets healthy," Mike said.
Sock sure has given him something to think about, though.
Mike Bryan, minus Bob, moves into another Grand Slam final
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan continues to excel at the U.S. Open, even without his twin brother and longtime doubles partner, Bob.
Bryan and Jack Sock, who stepped in earlier this year when Bob went down with a hip injury, moved into the men's doubles final with a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4 win over the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Thursday.
It was the 11th consecutive win in a Grand Slam match for the pair that has become known as "Team Brock."
US picks team without Isner for Davis Cup semi vs Croatia
NEW YORK (AP) — With his top singles player unavailable, U.S. captain Jim Courier brought doubles stalwart Mike Bryan out of Davis Cup retirement for the semifinals.
Bryan was part of the lineup Courier selected Tuesday for the matches in Croatia from Sept. 14-16.
John Isner, playing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, won't travel with the Americans because his wife is due to give birth to the couple's first child this month.
Federer, Djokovic headline rosters for Laver Cup in Chicago
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will headline the team from Europe next month in the Laver Cup.
The rosters for the exhibition matches in Chicago were announced Tuesday. A six-player team from Europe will face a team of players from the rest of the world in the second year of the competition on Sept. 21-23.
LONDON (AP) — Mike Bryan found himself a suitable backup partner for Wimbledon and the result was a record-tying 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title — and his first without his twin brother.
Bryan teamed with Jack Sock for only their second tournament together, and the American duo edged Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday night in the final at Centre Court.
LONDON (AP) — After advancing in the men's doubles at Wimbledon on Thursday, Jack Sock finally discussed his opening-round singles defeat and the fine that followed.
On Tuesday, having earned a two-set lead against 81st-ranked Matteo Berrettini of Italy, Sock fell to a 6-7 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 loss.
As they shook hands at the net, 18th-seeded Sock used an obscenity to tell Berrettini what he thought of the winner's coach.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Maria Sharapova lost in the first round at Wimbledon after fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko came from a set and a break down to oust the former champion.
Sharapova served for the match at 5-3 in the second set and was up a break in the third set as well. But Diatchenko refused to give in and won 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-4.
It is the first time Diatchenko has been past the first round at Wimbledon.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament (all times local):
Jack Sock, the No. 14 seed, ranted and railed as he lost in the French Open first round for a second consecutive year.
His tormentor Tuesday was 136th-ranked Jurgen Zopp of Estonia, who won 6-7(4), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Sock blamed the Brazilian umpire, disputing her calls and questioning her competence.
Isner, Fritz into Lyon Open quarterfinals
LYON, France (AP) — American duo John Isner and Taylor Fritz reached the quarterfinals of the Lyon Open with straight-set victories on Wednesday.
Fritz defeated fellow American and third-seeded Jack Sock 7-6 (6), 6-2 after hitting eight aces at the clay-court event, a warmup tournament for the French Open which starts on Sunday at Roland Garros.
Fritz will next take on Dusan Lajovic of Serbia for a semifinal spot. Lajovic defeated qualifier Filip Horansky 6-4, 7-5.
Johnson, Sandgren set up all-American final
HOUSTON (AP) — Defending champion Steve Johnson wore down Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2 on Saturday, breaking his 20-year-old countryman twice in the third set after letting two match points slip away in the second in the U.S. Men's Clay Court semifinals.
Johnson will play Tennys Sandgren, another American who advanced to his first ATP World Tour final by neutralizing Ivo Karlovic's huge serve in a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison put the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2012 by beating Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4 Saturday to finish off an American sweep.
The United States now will play either Croatia or Kazakhstan in the semifinals Sept. 14-16.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Isner will play Joris De Loore in the opening match of the U.S. Davis Cup quarterfinal against Belgium on Friday.
Isner rose to ninth in the rankings with his victory at the Miami Open last weekend. He'll play the 319th-ranked player at Belmont University, according to Thursday's draw . The 14th-ranked Sam Querrey follows with a match against Ruben Bemelmans.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson have been picked for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will face Belgium in the quarterfinals next month in Nashville, Tennessee.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Jim Courier's roster Wednesday. Belgium's team hasn't been made public yet.
Sock is the highest-ranked American man at No. 11 this week, with Querrey at 14th and Isner 17th.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — From his knees at the middle of the net, Roger Federer struck volley after volley right back at Jack Sock until the American star finally faltered. Federer just smiled. It was all in fun.
And how could Federer not be loving life?
He's the best in the world at age 36. That even sounds a bit strange to Federer himself.
Top-ranked Sock loses to fellow American Opelka at Delray
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Top-ranked Jack Sock lost Wednesday night to fellow American Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of the Delray Beach Open.
The 6-foot-11 Opelka, ranked No. 228, hit 17 aces. With two victories this week, he has doubled his win total for all of 2017.
Isner wins rematch against Albot at Delray Beach Open
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Sixth-seeded John Isner overcame a slow start Tuesday to win his rematch against Radu Albot in the first round of the Delray Beach Open, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Isner lost to Albot last week in the first round of the New York Open, and had been beaten in the opening match of his three previous tournaments this year.
Jack Sock wins match for 1st time this year at Delray Beach
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Top-seeded Jack Sock won a match for the first time this year Monday, beating qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4 on the opening night of the Delray Beach Open.
Sock, the highest-ranked American at No. 8, is attempting to become the first player to win consecutive titles at Delray since the tournament moved from Coral Springs, Florida, in 1999.
Sock not on US Davis Cup roster to face no-Djokovic Serbia
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson are on the U.S. Davis Cup roster that will play at Serbia — minus Novak Djokovic — in the first round next month.
The highest-ranked American man, No. 9 Jack Sock, was not included in captain Jim Courier's team, which was announced Tuesday.
Sock, No. 16 Isner and No. 48 Steve Johnson lost in the first round at the Australian Open. No. 13 Querrey got beaten in the second round and No. 45 Harrison the third.
Major letdown for US women: Venus, Stephens out in Melbourne
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was first to go, followed quickly by last year's Australian Open runner-up, Venus Williams.
CoCo Vandeweghe went out next as things really started to go crazy for the U.S. women, who eventually lost nine out of 10 first-round matches on a bleak opening day of the Australian Open.
Top seed Sock bows out as ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Top-seed and defending champion Jack Sock bowed out of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic in its second round Wednesday, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk on a bad day for American players.
Sock's compatriots, third-seeded Sam Querrey, fourth-seeded John Isner and unseeded Steve Johnson, were also beaten in second round matches.
Top-seeded Sock beaten in ASB Classic 2nd round
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Top-seed and defending champion Jack Sock made a surprise exit from the ATP Tour's ASB Classic in its second round Wednesday, beaten 6-3, 6-3 by unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk.
Gojowczyk, ranked 65th, moved the eighth-ranked Sock around the court with deep ground strokes which created angles the American was unable to defend.
After dropping serve in the fifth game of the first set, Gojowczyk broke Sock in the sixth and eighth games to take the set in 32 minutes.
Federer, Bencic lead Swiss over US and into Hopman Cup final
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic advanced Switzerland into the Hopman Cup final with straight-set singles victories over their American opponents on Thursday.
Federer beat Jack Sock 7-6 (5), 7-5 before Bencic defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (6), 6-4 to give Switzerland a winning 2-0 edge and first place in Group B.
Vandeweghe gives USA perfect start at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States a perfect start to the 30th edition of the mixed team Hopman Cup event by winning their singles matches in the opening tie against Russia on Saturday in Perth.
World number eight Sock needed three sets to subdue the 45th ranked Karen Khachanov, eventually claiming a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win after the Russian rallied to win the second set in just 27 minutes with 10 aces and 18 winners.
Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final
LONDON (AP) — A set up against a man he'd never lost to, Roger Federer looked to be cruising toward a shot at a seventh ATP Finals title. David Goffin had other ideas.
The Belgian rallied in the semifinals on Saturday to claim the biggest win of his career and stun the favorite 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"It is the best win of my career, for sure," said Goffin, who lost all six of his previous encounters against Federer.
Goffin beats Thiem to set up ATP Finals semi with Federer
LONDON (AP) — David Goffin is into the last four of the ATP Finals, to go any further he'll have to do something he's never done before: beat Roger Federer.
The No.7-seeded Goffin beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 at the O2 Arena on Friday to set up a semifinal meeting with Federer.
From 0-3, 0-15 down in the opening set, Goffin won 15 consecutive points to take control of the match, and never looked back.
Sock advances with Federer to semifinals at ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — In his ATP Finals debut, Jack Sock joined Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Sock, the first American to reach the final weekend at the season-ending tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007, beat Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to advance from his round-robin group on Thursday.
Federer through to ATP Finals semis after win over Zverev
LONDON (AP) — A day after the ATP Finals lost Rafael Nadal to injury, Roger Federer lifted spirits at the O2 Arena by extending his stay to the weekend.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion guaranteed his place in Saturday's semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday.
With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also absent due to injuries, the top-ranked Nadal's withdrawal on Monday left Federer as the only member of men's tennis' 'big-four' in the tournament.
Lincoln native Sock falls to Federer in ATP Finals
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer broke Lincoln native Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory at the O2 Arena at the season-ending ATP Finals yesterday.
The 36-year-old Federer, who is ranked second in the world and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this season, is the oldest player ever to qualify for the season-ending tournament, which started in 1970. Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time.
Roger Federer wins opening match at ATP Finals
LONDON (AP) — One break of serve, and a mini-break, was all Roger Federer needed to win his opening match at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory at the O2 Arena. Both then held serve the rest of the way, with Federer losing only three points on his serve in the second set.
Top US man Jack Sock’s tennis season ends on high in London
Jack Sock's 2017 did not always go as planned. Still, he's having quite a finish.
He won a total of only three matches at Grand Slam tournaments all year, making it as far as the third round just once and bowing out in the opening round twice. During one particularly rough stretch from August to early October, he lost five times in a row.