Fognini stuns Nadal 6-4, 6-2 to reach Monte Carlo final
MONACO (AP) — Fabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal's winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, stunning the defending champion 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final for the first time and hand Nadal...
MONACO (AP) — Surprised at seeing rival Novak Djokovic go out of the Monte Carlo Masters after an error-strewn performance, defending champion Rafael Nadal acknowledged he enjoyed some luck in...
MONACO (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday, remaining on course to meet in the final of the clay-court...
MONACO (AP) — Two-time champion Novak Djokovic struggled with his serve at times but reached the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a scrappy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber...
MONACO (AP) — As Novak Djokovic begins his preparations for a fourth straight Grand Slam title, he likes to imagine beating Rafael Nadal in the French Open final.
Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic has had a rough couple of weeks on the court.
The top-seeded Djokovic was upset by Roberto Bautista Agut 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the fourth round of the...
Djokovic beats Delbonis in 3rd round at Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Facing the setting sun, Serena Williams tried to shield her eyes with her left hand as she hit a shot, lost the point and then waved in frustration at the bothersome...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka won the first match on the stadium court at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world's No. 1 player on track to defend her...
Djokovic, Osaka earn victories at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both ranked No. 1 in the world, cruised to straight-set victories at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.
Nadal tumbles out of Mexican Open, falling to Kyrgios
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the Mexican Open on Wednesday night, squandering three match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Australia's Nick Kyrgios.
Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence
MADRID (AP) — Roger Federer will play at the Madrid Open as part of his return to the clay court.
Organizers say the 20-time Grand Slam champion will participate in the tournament from May...
Defending champion Croatia to face Spain in new Davis Cup
MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Croatia will meet Rafael Nadal's Spain in the first edition of the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November.
Russia also was drawn into the same three-nation group for the inaugural 18-team tournament that will be played in Madrid.
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.
Weekend Sports In Brief
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17. Djokovic improved to 7-0 in finals at Melbourne Park with a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance against Nadal.
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Column: ‘Why not?’ Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase.
Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal's total of 17, and five shy of Roger Federer's men's record of 20.
So a day after winning the Australian Open for his third Slam trophy in a row, Djokovic was asked about whether he is pursuing them.
Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though.
And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to more people.
Lucky 7: Djokovic routs Nadal for record 7th Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance.
Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands entirely.
Nadal keeps heavy Australian loss to Djokovic in perspective
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lesser experienced players than Rafael Nadal have felt destroyed by the kind of defeat Novak Djokovic inflicted on him in the Australian Open final.
Nadal secured his spot in Sunday's championship match by conceding just six games in an overwhelming semifinal win over 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who admitted it was an utterly shattering experience. Three days later, Nadal was on the receiving end. But the 17-time major winner had a different perspective.
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).
STAT OF THE DAY
7 — Djokovic's record for most Australian Open men's singles titles, surpassing the marks of Roger Federer and Roy Emerson.
The Latest: Djokovic beats Nadal for 7th Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.
Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for record seventh Australian Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for record seventh Australian Open title .
53rd matchup for Djokovic, Nadal in Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was fascinating to hear Novak Djokovic explain what it will be like to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
"The intensity that he brings on the court is immense," Djokovic said. "Without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that I have witnessed and played against."
"It makes you be alert, so to say, from the very first point," Djokovic said. "He doesn't allow you to kind of ease your way into the match."
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.
Indian Wells tennis to feature all top 75 men and women
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open will include all of the top 75 ranked men's and women's players in the world, including defending champions Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament runs March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Southern California desert.
Del Potro skipped the Australian Open while recovering from a knee injury, but he is on the entry list for Indian Wells.
50 years past last men’s Slam, Laver says it’ll happen again
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifty years after Rod Laver won the last true Grand Slam in men's tennis, he is fairly confident the feat will be replicated one day, unlikely as it may seem.
"It's got to happen again," the Australian left-hander said Wednesday at the Australian Open.
While Steffi Graf won all four major tennis tournaments in one season in 1988, no man has done it other than Don Budge in 1938 and Laver in 1962 and 1969.
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.
Australian Open Glance: A look at quarterfinals on Day 10
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
The Latest: Sore, tired Djokovic expects to be OK for QFs
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Record-chasing Novak Djokovic is feeling sore and tired following his late-finishing win over Daniil Medvedev, but thinks he will be OK for his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori.
‘Old guys’ vs youngsters 3 days in a row at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So far the older guys are holding court against the new generation at the Australian Open.
On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
One of the sleepers, Berdych, reawakens rivalry with Nadal
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men's tennis tour picked four "sleepers" to watch at the Australian Open. One of them has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open as many times — 11 — as Stefan Edberg, who won two titles in five finals here. He also has won more matches (47) at the season-opening Grand Slam in the Open era than Pete Sampras, who won two Australian titles among his 14 majors.
11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — All these years later, although with much less on the line, Novak Djokovic again got the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open.
The No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round at Melbourne Park in a rematch of their 2008 final. This one started Thursday night and wrapped up after 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
Nishikori comes up aces, rolls into 3rd round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kei Nishikori wants to extend a Grand Slam sequence. He's not making it easy at the Australian Open.
Eighth-seeded Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic, and had to save three break points deep in the fifth, before beating the 39-year-old Croatian 6-3, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) to reach the third round.
Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic knows there's a chance he may not have played his opening match at the Australian Open before Andy Murray is out of the tournament. Perhaps even finished on the tour.
Their careers have long been intertwined. They're both 31 and have birthdays a week apart in May, and they've played each other 36 times at the elite level.
Nadal: Murray will be a big loss, but the game goes on
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.
That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men's tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: Djokovic, Federer each eye title No. 7
Men to watch at the Australian Open, where play begins Monday:
2018 Match Record: 53-12
2018 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 72
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 14 — Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), French Open (2016), Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018), U.S. Open (2011, 2015, 2018)
Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-Lost in 4th Rd, 2017-2nd Rd, 2016-Won Championship, 2015-W, 2014-QF
Djokovic, Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are aiming for the same record from opposite sides of the draw, leaving open the prospect of them playing in the final for a seventh Australian Open title.
Top-ranked Djokovic and defending champion Federer enter the season-opening major equal with Roy Emerson, who won his six Australian singles championships between 1961-67, before the Open era.
Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep top seeds for Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, as expected, were given the No. 1 seedings on Thursday when the Australian Open announced its singles seedings list.
Defending champion Roger Federer is seeded No. 3 after Rafael Nadal, while women's defending singles champion Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Halep in last year's final at Melbourne Park, is No. 3 behind second-seeded and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.
Bautista Agut holds off Berdych to win Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Roberto Bautista Agut didn't waste his win over Novak Djokovic as he won the Qatar Open by beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the final on Saturday.
A day after upsetting the world No. 1, Bautista Agut held off Berdych to win his ninth ATP title.
Bautista Agut missed three chances to lead 5-1 in the third set, then Berdych blew two chances to get the deciding set back on serve at 4-2 down. Those were the Swede's last chances.
Modric wins Balkan award ahead of Djokovic and Halep
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Croatia soccer star Luka Modric has been chosen Balkan athlete of the year.
Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July, where the midfielder was voted player of the tournament. He also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or for the first time earlier in December.
Tennis great Novak Djokovic of Serbia was second in the Balkan poll, and Romania's Simona Halep third.
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.
All top players set for Australian Open in January
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open officials say the world's top 102 women and top 101 men have confirmed they will compete at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019.
World No. 1 Simona Halep heads up the women's field and Novak Djokovic, seeking his record seventh Australian Open title, is the No. 1-ranked male player.
The tournament begins Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki as singles defending champions.