Top-seeded Cilic loses in 2nd round at Chennai Open
CHENNAI, India (AP) — Top-seeded Marin Cilic was beaten in the second round of the Chennai Open on Wednesday, losing to 117th-ranked Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-5.
"It was the first match of the season and I was a little hesitant to go for my shots," said Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion.
Kovalik will next face Daniil Medvedev of Russia in quarterfinals. Medvedev advanced by beating eighth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3.
Qualifier Copil beats 6th-seeded Sousa in European Open
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Qualifier Marius Copil had nine aces as he upset sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the European Open on Tuesday.
The 198-ranked Romanian also beat the 33rd-ranked Sousa on indoor hard courts in Stockholm, Sweden two years ago.
Copil converted his four break-point chances and next faces Steve Darcis of Belgium or Frenchman Benoit Paire.
Davis Cup: Australia wins World Group playoff over Slovakia
SYDNEY (AP) — Doubles pair Sam Groth and John Peers beat Slovakia's Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) on Saturday to clinch Australia's Davis Cup World Group playoff 3-0.
Slovakia saved a match point in the 12th game of the third set before winning the tiebreaker. But Australia dominated the fourth-set tiebreaker, winning the first five points.
Davis Cup: Australia has 2-0 lead in World Group playoff
SYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic had straight-set singles victories over their Slovakian opponents Friday to give Australia a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.
Kyrgios, Australia's No. 1 player, opened with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Andrej Martin. Tomic beat Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (5) 6-4, 6-4.
Sam Groth and John Peers will try to clinch the tie for Australia on Saturday when they play the Slovakian doubles team of Martin and Igor Zelenay.