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.
Baghdatis beats top-seeded Pouille at Open Sud de France
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Veteran Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat top-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6 (2), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.
Baghdatis, a 2006 Australian Open finalist, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set. But Pouille, who lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at this year's Australian Open, fought back to take it into a third set.
No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.
It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.
The Latest: A pep talk from son helps Djokovic in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
Fans across the world tuned in to see Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal with a straight-sets win over Lucas Pouille.
His son was not among them.
Four-year-old Stefan was busy with other things, although he took time to give his old man a pep talk.
Pouille’s drought-breaking Australian run reaches semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lucas Pouille had lost every Australian Open match he played until he hired Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
A couple of months later, he's into a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.
The 24-year-old Frenchman will next play Novak Djokovic, who is aiming for a men's record seventh Australian title, so things will get tougher.
The Latest: Pouille tops wild-card Popyrin at Australian
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Lucas Pouille ended the run of 19-year-old Australian wild-card entry Alexei Popyrin by holding on to edge him 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (10), 4-6, 6-3 in the third round.
The 28th-seeded Pouille, who is coached by Amelie Mauresmo, wasted a set point at 8-7 in the third-set tiebreaker, but eventually pulled out the victory in 3 hours, 43 minutes.
Germany and Australia win in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Germany teammates Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev each won their singles matches over France on Wednesday at the Hopman Cup.
Kerber beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 while Zverev defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2 to advance with a 2-1 victory.
The French pair had earlier recorded a 4-3 (4), 4-3 (3) win in doubles.
Zverev had a match point in the tiebreaker but needed the third set to get the victory.
Britain beats Greece, Australia defeats France at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari 4-3, 3-4, 4-3, including 5-4 in a tiebreaker in the deciding mixed doubles set in the Fast4 format, to give Britain a 2-1 win over Greece in the opening match of the eight-team Hopman Cup tennis tournament on Saturday.
Norrie upset No. 15-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (8), 6-4 to give Britain the lead before Sakkari beat Boulter 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in women's singles to level the tie.
Sebastien Grosjean appointed France’s Davis Cup captain
PARIS (AP) — The French tennis federation says Sebastien Grosjean has been appointed as the country's Davis Cup captain.
Grosjean takes over from Yannick Noah after Amelie Mauresmo pulled out to focus on her new coaching job with French player Lucas Pouille.
The French federation says Grosjean will also be in charge of the men's team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 40-year-old Grosjean won four titles, including the 2001 Paris Masters, before retiring in 2010.
Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille
PARIS (AP) — Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.
The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
A statement from the federation said Mauresmo gave up the role to focus on her new job with French player Pouille, ranked 32.
Davis Cup organizers downplay criticism from French players
MADRID (AP) — Despite renewed complaints from France's players about the upcoming changes to the Davis Cup, the organizers of the revamped tennis tournament are adamant that everything will soon be better.
Javier Alonso, the CEO of the company behind the new competition, spoke to The Associated Press two days after France's Davis Cup team lashed out at the changes being made to the traditional tournament. Lucas Pouille even said he would boycott the competition.
French players united in defeat against Davis Cup overhaul
LILLE, France (AP) — French players don't like the new Davis Cup format and they're saying it loud and clear.
After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.
Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — After an agonizing defeat in Croatia's previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.
Cilic was two sets up against Juan Martin del Potro two years ago in Zagreb, with Croatia leading Argentina 2-1 on the final day, when his game collapsed as the South Americans fought back and ultimately won the final.
This weekend in northern France, Cilic did not give even a glimmer of hope to his French opponents that they could stage a comeback of their own.
Noah replaces Chardy with Pouille in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is sending out Lucas Pouille to face Croatia's top player Marin Cilic in Sunday's first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final in an attempt to keep his team in contention.
France cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 by winning the doubles on Saturday but Croatia still remains favorite to claim one more point to dethrone the defending champions.
Chardy to open for France against Croatia in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — With no player standing out as a clear leader, France captain Yannick Noah chose Jeremy Chardy ahead of Lucas Pouille for the opening match of the Davis Cup final against Croatia.
The 40th-ranked Chardy, in the team only after Richard Gasquet withdrew injured, will lead defending champion France against Borna Coric on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy Stadium on Friday.
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.
Frenchman Gasquet out of Davis Cup final with injury
PARIS (AP) — Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Davis Cup final against Croatia later this month because of injury.
Gasquet, the No. 1 French player, wrote on Twitter on Monday about his withdrawal but did not specify his injury. According to L'Equipe newspaper, Gasquet, ranked No. 26, is hampered by a groin problem.
Sandgren upsets fifth-seeded Pouille in Stockholm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — American Tennys Sandgren upset fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Stockholm Open.
Sandgren hit 14 aces and won 90 percent of points on his first serve, breaking once in each set to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 16 minutes.
No. 8 Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia also advanced. Verdasco beat Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-4, 6-2, while Gulbis ousted Swedish wild-card entry Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-3.
Lille again chosen to stage Davis Cup final
PARIS (AP) — The Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will host the Davis Cup final for the second successive year when defending champion France takes on Croatia from Nov. 23-25, organizers said on Friday.
There were raucous scenes in the northern city last November when Lucas Pouille beat Steve Darcis to seal France's 3-2 victory over Belgium.
Lille also staged the 2014 final when France was beaten by Switzerland.
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.
Murray loses in Cincinnati, clearing Federer’s path
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.
LONDON (AP) — Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak is through to the third round at Wimbledon, with a little help from the Thiem family.
The 171st-ranked Novak defeated 17th-seeded Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8), 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday to double his Grand Slam win tally.
Novak, in the main draw at the All England Club for the first time, trains alongside French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem and is coached by his countryman's father, Wolfgang.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to book his place in the Stuttgart Open final and reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Rafael Nadal on Saturday.
The Swiss great will play Milos Raonic as he bids for his 18th grass-court title.
Raonic earlier hit 19 aces and saved the only break point he faced as he defeated defending champion Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.
Federer was pushed all the way by the fourth-seeded Kyrgios, who had 23 aces.
The Latest: French Open finished for the day
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
. Two men's singles matches were suspended in progress.
No. 8 seed David Goffin led No. 32 Gael Monfils by a break in the third set, serving at 3-2, 30-love after they had split the first two.
The unseeded Karen Khachanov led No. 15 Lucas Pouille by two sets to none, and it was 1-all in the third.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Lucas Pouille kept his focus when Italy's Fabio Fognini began throwing his racket in frustration during a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory that put France into the Davis Cup semifinals on Sunday.
Defending champion France took an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series with Italy.
Fognini threw his racket twice upon failing to take advantage of opportunities late in the third set.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 for France to lead Italy 2-1 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.
Herbert's and Mahut's constant net rushing proved too much to handle for the Italian pair, which fell apart late in the opening set.
Fognini missed an easy overhead smash and Bolelli served consecutive double faults when Herbert and Mahut broke to take the first set.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Inspired by playing in his home region, Fabio Fognini came back from a set down to defeat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and draw Italy level with France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals Friday.
The 20th-ranked Fognini had his left leg taped up early in the second set but didn't appear too bothered over the course of a match that lasted 3 hours, 31 minutes on a slow outdoor red clay court.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Without the injured Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille will face Andreas Seppi to open France's visit to Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The 11th-ranked Pouille has a 4-3 record in the Davis Cup and won the decisive match over Belgium's Steve Darcis in last season's final.
It will be the first meeting between Pouille and Seppi.
Pouille to lead France against Italy in Davis Cup
PARIS (AP) — Lucas Pouille will lead defending champion France against Italy in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The 10th-ranked Pouille has been selected by France captain Yannick Noah alongside Adrian Mannarino and Jeremy Chardy. Doubles specialists Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have also been called up.
Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis Cup title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain earned his second ATP title of the year when he beat Lucas Pouille of France 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday.
The third-seeded Bautista Agut denied the second-seeded Pouille his own second title this year and a chance to break into the top-10 rankings for the first time.
Pouille reaches 3rd ATP final in 4 weeks in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lucas Pouille made it to his third ATP final in four weeks after overcoming Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in the Dubai Championships semifinals on Friday.
Pouille, who won in Montpellier and lost in the final of Marseille in the past three weeks, will take on third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who ended the dream run of Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Lucas Pouille moved to within a win of reaching three consecutive tennis finals when he overcame Yuichi Sugita 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.
The second-seeded Pouille won in Montpellier last month and was runner-up in Marseille last week.
Standing between the Frenchman and a place in the final is seventh-seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, who beat Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-1, 6-2.
Pouille avenges loss to Khachanov to reach Dubai quarters
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Second-seeded Lucas Pouille of France defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships, just three days after losing to the Russian in the Marseille final.
Jaziri upsets top-seeded Dimitrov at Dubai Championships
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Tunisian wild-card entry Malek Jaziri earned the biggest victory of his career by stunning top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the opening round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old Jaziri, ranked 117th in the world, recorded his first win over a top-5 ranked player by beating the Bulgarian No. 4 in 2 hours, 17 minutes.
Karen Khachanov beats Lucas Pouille to win Open 13 final
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Big-serving Karen Khachanov secured the second ATP title of his career after beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Open 13 final on Sunday.
The ninth-seeded Russian had 16 aces in a closely fought contest, winning on his second match point when the third-seeded Frenchman hit a forehand into the net from the back of the court. The pair hugged at the net in a show of sportsmanship.
Lucas Pouille to face Karen Khachanov in Open 13 final
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Third-seeded Lucas Pouille remains on course for his second ATP title of the season after beating qualifier Ilya Ivashka 6-3, 7-6 (6) to reach the Open 13 final on Saturday.
The 16th-ranked Pouille won the Open Sud de France two weeks ago and is gunning for his sixth career title.
He will face Karen Khachanov of Russia, who beat fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2.
3rd-seeded Pouille & 4th-seeded Berdych reach Open 13 semis
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Third-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille and fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych advanced to the Open 13 semifinals on Friday.
Pouille beat eighth-seeded Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4, hitting 20 aces and securing victory on his first match point when he broke Krajinovic's serve for the first time.
Berdych led 7-6 (4) when seventh-seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina pulled out feeling sickly.
Pouille beats Gasquet again to win Open Sud de France
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Second-seeded Lucas Pouille of France continued his hold over Richard Gasquet, beating him 7-6 (2), 6-4 Sunday to win the Open Sud de France for his fifth career ATP title.
It was Pouille's fourth straight win against Gasquet, who was playing his sixth straight final at the tournament. Gasquet won it in 2013, '15 and '16 but missed out on a 15th career title.
Gasquet sets up all-French final vs Pouille in Montpellier
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Richard Gasquet overcame a second-set meltdown to beat top-seeded David Goffin 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 and set up an all-French final against Lucas Pouille at the Open Sud de France on Saturday.
Gasquet and Goffin dropped serve three times, but the fifth-seeded Gasquet had the edge by winning 79 percent of his first-serve points and hitting eight aces.
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.
Tsonga, Pouille called up for Davis Cup title defense
PARIS (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah is keeping faith in the players who won last year's Davis Cup.
Noah has called up Richard Gasquet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take on the Netherlands from Feb. 2-4 in the Alpine city of Albertville in the first round.
Impressive Goffin fails in bid for Davis Cup title
LILLE, France (AP) — For all his individual brilliance, David Goffin could not make up for the lack of depth in the Belgian team at the Davis Cup final.
Looking for its first title in the team competition, Belgium lost a second final in three years on Sunday, going down 3-2 to France.
Tsonga levels for France in Davis Cup final against Belgium
LILLE, France (AP) — David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are each on top of their games.
Both were up to the task in Friday's opening singles matches of the Davis Cup final, delivering lopsided wins to leave France and Belgium tied at 1-1.
Tsonga swept past 76th-ranked Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to put the hosts level after Goffin had given Lucas Pouille a master class of offensive tennis in Lille, just across the Belgian border.