PARIS (AP) — Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
PARIS (AP) — John Isner has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured left foot, ending his streak of 24 consecutive appearances at Grand Slam tournaments.
Australian Open Glance: Djokovic wins a record 7th title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
Partly cloudy, high of 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit).
Men's singles final: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Men's doubles final: No. 5 Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat No. 12 John Peers and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 7-6 (1).
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7 — Djokovic's record for most Australian Open men's singles titles, surpassing the marks of Roger Federer and Roy Emerson.
1 major goal achieved for Mahut-Herbert; next goal is gold
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not long after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut completed their career Grand Slam in men's doubles, the Frenchmen were already turning their attention to the next goal. And that's gold.
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.
Doubles win keeps French hopes alive in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Suddenly realizing he was listening to France's national anthem for maybe the last time in his Davis Cup captain role, Yannick Noah could not hold back tears.
Standing next to his players during "La Marseille," Noah was emotional before Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert took on Croatia's Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles of the final on Saturday.
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.
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.
Isner needs final-set tiebreaker to reach Stockholm semis
STOCKHOLM (AP) — On the day Wimbledon introduced final-set tiebreakers, the player behind the two longest ever matches at the All England Club needed yet another one to advance to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open.
Big-serving John Isner won his second all-American matchup of the week in the Swedish capital, beating Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (8), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) in the last of the quarterfinals on Friday. All six sets played by the top-seeded Isner at the tournament have gone to tie-breakers.
Davis Cup: Already out, Spain salvages pride against France
LILLE, France (AP) — In a contest with nothing at stake except pride, Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (2), 6-3, 13-11 in the final singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal on Sunday.
France sealed its spot in the final on Saturday when Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut won the doubles to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Earlier Sunday, Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 14-12 to Albert Ramos Vinolas meaning France advanced with a 3-2 win.
Defending champion France advances to Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut gave France an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday as the defending champions reached back-to-back finals for the first time since 2002.
The French veterans, both aged 36, defeated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7) on the indoor hard court set up inside the Pierre Mauroy soccer stadium.
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.
LONDON (AP) — John Isner already had won the longest match in Wimbledon — and tennis — history. And now he's lost the second-longest one ever played at the All England Club.
So there's not much better an authority to weigh in on whether it's time for fifth-set tiebreakers at all Grand Slam tournaments. Actually, both Isner and Kevin Anderson, the man who won their Wimbledon semifinal 26-24 in the final set after more than 6 1/2 hours Friday, agree a switch is necessary.
LONDON (AP) — John Isner is ready to be associated with something at Wimbledon other than winning a 70-68 fifth set in the longest match in tennis history.
He figures a championship would do the trick — and now he's only two victories away.
Isner, a 33-year-old American playing in his 41st major tournament, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3 at the All England Club on Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) — At long last, John Isner is a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, finally making that far in his 10th appearance.
He's also in the final eight at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011.
The No. 9-seeded Isner moved into a matchup against No. 13 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up at the All England Club, by beating 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) with the help of 22 aces and by saving the only break point he faced Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Once again, Nicolas Mahut fell on his back on the red clay of Roland Garros.
This time it was to celebrate a joyful moment, and not because his doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert knocked him down the way he did two days ago at the French Open.
Having recovered well from the incident, Mahut captured the French Open title with Herbert on Saturday by defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
French players Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have won the doubles title at Roland Garros for the first time.
With their Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah watching from the stands, Herbert and Mahut claimed their third Grand Slam title together by defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the final.
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) — 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.
Davis Cup revamp plans get mixed response
The Australians are surprised. The Brits are skeptical. The French are downright angry.
"They have just killed the Davis Cup," French tennis player Nicolas Mahut said in reaction to bold plans to transform the 118-year-old competition into a one-week, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis.
The International Tennis Federation is trying to bring some glamor and relevance to the team event, as well as lure back top players who often choose to skip Davis Cup matches amid a crowded tennis calendar.
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.
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.
Davis Cup: France wins doubles to lead Netherlands 2-1
ALBERTVILLE, France (AP) — Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) to give defending champion France a 2-1 lead against the Netherlands in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group on Saturday.
France clinched victory on its first match point in a tough encounter where the Dutch pair had chances to take early control.
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.
France wins doubles to lead Belgium 2-1 in Davis Cup final
LILLE, France (AP) — Yannick Noah took a big gamble in the Davis Cup final and it paid off.
When the France captain fielded an inexperienced pair for the doubles, many were perplexed. He was rewarded by a victory that put France one point away from a 10th Davis Cup title.
"It was a tough decision," Noah said after Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who had never played together before, defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Saturday.
Noah cuts Mahut for Davis Cup final against Belgium
LILLE, France (AP) — France captain Yannick Noah surprisingly cut Nicolas Mahut from his squad to face Belgium in the Davis Cup final this weekend, and declined to elaborate on his decision.
Noah, who has captained France to victory twice, instead included Richard Gasquet in his four-man team at Thursday's draw.
Mahut was expected to play doubles after training the whole week with Julien Benneteau, who also was not selected.
Goffin looking to cap terrific end of season with Davis Cup
PARIS (AP) — David Goffin will soon find out if his self-confidence can help him get over fatigue.
Following victories over Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer last week at the ATP Finals, Goffin's morale is rock solid as he prepares to lead Belgium against France in the Davis Cup final.
Davis Cup final: Tsonga leads France, Goffin leads Belgium
PARIS (AP) — Julien Benneteau's deep run at the Paris Masters this month earned him a recall by France for the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Benneteau was summoned beside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Richard Gasquet by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday. All have played at some point for France this year.
"This is a compact team," Noah said. "The six I've picked are capable of playing."
Fifth-seeded Thiem grinds past Gojowczyk at Paris Masters
PARIS (AP) — Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem needed four match points to beat lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.
Having missed three chances to close out the match on his own serve, the Austrian finally won at close to midnight when Gojowczyk — serving to stay in the match — whipped a forehand that sailed just long.
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.
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.
Davis Cup: Australia and France lead 2-1 in semifinals
LILLE, France (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) for France to lead Serbia 2-1 in the Davis Cup semifinals on Saturday.
Apart from a scare in the third set when the Serb pair won four games in a row, Mahut and Herbert were in control on the indoor clay court and put France one win away from its 18th Davis Cup final.
Pouille to open for France in Davis Cup semifinals
LILLE, France (AP) — Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will lead nine-time champion France in the opening singles against Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals.
In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Pouille will take on 80th-ranked Dusan Lajovic on clay at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the northern city of Lille. Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic are also missing for Serbia.
Tsonga will then play against 22-year-old Davis Cup debutant Laslo Djere.
Mannarino replaces Monfils in France team for Davis Cup semi
PARIS (AP) — Adrian Mannarino has replaced the injured Gael Monfils in the France team that will face Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Monfils, who was named as a reserve in the squad by captain Yannick Noah, withdrew with a right knee injury, the French tennis federation said Friday.
The 34th-ranked Mannarino joins Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille in the team, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut selected to play doubles at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille from Sept. 15-17.
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."
Zverev, Raonic advance at Citi Open; Monfils upset
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Zverev took advantage of late errors by Jordan Thompson during a third-set tiebreaker to advance to the third round of the Citi Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory Wednesday.
Leading 5-4 in the tiebreaker, Thompson put a routine backhand into the net and then double-faulted. The eighth-ranked Zverev put away the match with a cross-court forehand that the 75th-ranked Australian couldn't handle.
LONDON (AP) — The plaque is back at Wimbledon.
And the All England Club insists there is a simple explanation for why the marker posted on a brick wall outside Court 18 — pointing out that it was the site of John Isner's record-breaking 70-68 fifth-set victory over Nicolas Mahut in 2010 — was missing for a bit.