Tuesday’s Sports In Brief
NEW YORK (AP) — Coco Gauff trailed by a set and a break, then again by a break in the third set, before coming up big down the stretch to get past Anastasia Potapova of Russia 3-6,...
Paire, Hurkacz advance to Winston-Salem Open final
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Top-seeded Benoit Paire and third-seeded Hubert Hurkacz advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final Friday night.
Paire rallied to beat Steve Johnson 1-6, 6-0, 6-0...
Zverev, Khachanov bounce back at Halle Open
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov bounced back from disappointments in Stuttgart last week to reach the second round of the Halle Open on Monday.
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.
LYON, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime hit 11 aces in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Steve Johnson on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Lyon Open.
LYON, France (AP) — Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the third round of the Lyon Open with a 7-6 (3), 7-5 over John Millman of Australia on Tuesday.
ROME (AP) — Local teenager Jannik Sinner rallied to beat American veteran Steve Johnson 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the first round of the Italian Open on Sunday.
HOUSTON (AP) — Two-time defending champion Steve Johnson's nine-match winning streak at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship ended with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to 241st-ranked qualifier Daniel Elahi...
HOUSTON (AP) — No. 1 seed John Isner has withdrawn ahead of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship because of an injured foot.
Isner was hurt in the final of the Miami Open last week while...
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.
Tiafoe loses to Daniel Evans in 1st round at Delray Beach
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Defending champion Frances Tiafoe squandered an early lead and lost Tuesday to Britain's Daniel Evans in the first round of the Delray Beach Open, 3-6, 7-6 (1),...
Isner wins at New York Open for 1st victory of 2019
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Isner snapped a six-match losing streak, beating Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Wednesday in the second round of the New York Open.
The top-seeded American needed six match points to finish off Tomic for his first victory since last year's Paris Masters. He followed that tournament by dropping all three matches in his first appearance at the season-ending ATP Finals and was 0-2 to start 2019, including a first-round loss at the Australian Open.
Tennys Sandgren wins 1st singles title at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — American Tennys Sandgren won his first ATP Tour singles title Saturday, beating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the ASB Classic.
The 27-year-old Sandgren, ranked 63rd, was playing in his second tour final after being beaten by compatriot Steve Johnson at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in April.
Defending champion withdraws from men’s ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion Roberta Bautista Agut has joined fellow Doha finalist Tomas Berdych in withdrawing from the Auckland ATP Tour event which starts Monday.
Bautista Agut was to be the fifth seed at the Auckland tournament, the ASB Classic, but pulled out after reaching the Doha final in which he beat Berdych 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
His appearance in the final meant there was insufficient time to travel to Auckland for his first-round match.
After soccer final, Croatia plays France again in Davis Cup
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it's the Davis Cup.
Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis' premier team event.
After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal.
Through the legs: Coric’s ‘tweener’ draws bows at Davis Cup
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that had the crowd bowing in admiration during the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday.
Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a lob and replied with a shot known as a "tweener" that flew over the head of his 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) opponent and landed within inches of the baseline.
US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The men on the United States' Davis Cup team are treading very carefully over Serena Williams' insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final.
Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are about to come face to face with Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Williams and who is also handling their best-of-five semifinal against Croatia this weekend.
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.
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.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev wins Winston-Salem Open
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Daniil Medvedev beat Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday in the Winston-Salem Open for his second career ATP World Tour title.
The 22-year-old Medvedev, ranked No. 57 in the world and unseeded in the event, didn't drop a set in six matches in the final U.S. Open tuneup event.
Johnson, Medvedev advance to Winston-Salem final
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Eighth-seeded Steve Johnson advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final Friday night, beating second-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
The 28-year-old Johnson will face Daniil Medvedev of Russia, a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Japan's Taro Daniel in the first semifinal in the U.S. Open tuneup event at Wake Forest Tennis Center.
Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's second round.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Steve Johnson continued his long road back and success this year by capturing the Hall of Fame Open on Sunday.
The 28-year-old American defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan, of India, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, on Newport's grass court for his fourth career ATP title and second this season.
When it was over, Johnson pointed to the sky and pumped his fist before going over to the far corner of the court to give his coach, Craig Boynton, a handshake and hug.
Johnson, Ramanathan advance to Hall of Fame final
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Third-seeded Steve Johnson beat Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the Hall of Fame Tennis Open final.
The 28-year-old American will face Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final Sunday morning. Ramanathan, of India, topped American Tim Smyczek, 6-4, 7-5.
The semis were played on Newport's grass court after the induction of Michael Stich and Helena Sukova into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
GENEVA (AP) — Top-seeded Sam Querrey lost his opening match at the rain-hit Geneva Open on Thursday, falling to Guido Pella of Argentina 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4).
It was the 13th-ranked American's third straight quick exit from a clay-court event before the French Open begins on Sunday. Querrey also lost to Pella last month in Houston.
Querrey broke the left-handed Pella's serve only once as his record fell to 10-10 this year.
Wawrinka still struggling following knee surgery
ROME (AP) — Stan Wawrinka is still struggling to regain his form following surgery on his left knee.
Playing his first match since February, the three-time Grand Slam champion lost to 55th-ranked Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the first round of the Italian Open.
Wawrinka committed 30 unforced errors to his American opponent's 17, was broken once in each set and failed to take advantage of his only two break opportunities.
Steve Johnson wins US Men’s Clay Court _ again
HOUSTON (AP) — Steve Johnson shrugged off numerous missed opportunities to beat first-time ATP Tour finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the U.S. Men's Clay Court title in 16 years.
Steve Johnson has been there and done that — right here a year ago in fact. He has already jumped in the River Oaks Country Club pool, a longstanding tradition for men who win tennis tournaments on the grounds. But familiarity does not breed contempt. Oh no. He wants an encore dunking, which this time around would aptly kick off a week of both reflection and celebration.
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.
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.
Frances Tiafoe, Peter Gojowczyk reach Delray Beach final
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Peter Gojowczyk of Germany has beaten the last eight American opponents he's faced in ATP tour-level matches and will have a chance to defeat another Sunday when he faces Frances Tiafoe in the Delray Beach Open final.
The 91st-ranked Tiafoe, a wild-card recipient this week, journeyed to his first career ATP final by ousting Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 6-4 in his first career ATP semifinal Saturday night.
Canadian Shapovalov beats Fritz at the Delray Beach Open
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denis Shapovalov of Canada beat American Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-4 on Friday at the Delray Beach Open to earn the second semifinal berth of his career.
The 18-year-old Shapovalov lost only five points on his first serve and was never broken. His opponent Saturday is still to be determined as the late match Friday between No. 8-seeded Chung Hyeon of South Korea and American wild-card Frances Tiafoe was suspended because of rain. That match will be played on Saturday.
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.
Nashville will host US-Belgium Davis Cup quarterfinal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davis Cup quarterfinal between the United States and Belgium will take place April 6-8 at Belmont University in Nashville.
Belmont's Curb Event Center was announced as the Davis Cup quarterfinal site Thursday.
This will mark the Davis Cup's first stop in Nashville since a 1978 matchup between the United States and South Africa.
US takes 2-0 lead over Serbia in 1st round of Davis Cup
Sam Querrey fought from a set down to defeat Laslo Djere and John Isner won a fifth-set tiebreaker over Dusan LaJovic to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Serbia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group on Friday.
Querrey had 20 aces in a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win in the opening singles, and Isner followed with 24 aces in his 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) victory.
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.
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.
Withdrawals weaken main draw at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — American Steve Johnson struggled past Liam Caruana 7-5, 7-6 (4) to reach the second round of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic on Tuesday as the tournament's main draw was decimated by withdrawals.
Caruana, who was making his debut in the main draw of an ATP tournament, was one of four lucky losers promoted into the first round to replace players forced to withdraw because of injuries or fatigue.
Federer beats Tiafoe in 1st round at hometown Basel event
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer eased past United States teenager Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-3 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday.
Federer never faced a break point in the 61-minute match and won every point when his first service landed safely.
A seven-time champion at his hometown event in Basel, Federer clinched the victory when the 76th-ranked American put a backhand volley into the net.
Kyrgios fined $31,085 for incident at Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was fined $31,085 by the ATP on Wednesday after walking off the court during his opening match at the Shanghai Masters a day earlier.
The 13th-seeded Australian packed his bag and left the court after losing the first set 7-6 (5) to Steve Johnson on Tuesday.
Kyrgios walks out on match in Shanghai after losing 1st set
SHANGHAI (AP) — A year after being fined for "tanking" a match at the Shanghai Masters, Nick Kyrgios quit another one altogether.
The temperamental Australian argued several times with the chair umpire during his first-round match against Steve Johnson on Tuesday. After losing the tiebreaker 7-6 (5), Kyrgios shook hands with Johnson at the net and then with the chair umpire before packing his bags and walking off court.
Medvedev fights off match point, advances at Citi Open
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniil Medvedev fought off a match point with a 129-mph ace during a third-set tiebreak and beat Reilly Opelka to advance to the second round of the Citi Open.
Medvedev, of Russia, twisted his ankle on the final point before the tiebreak, but shook off the pain to defeat the American 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (6) in 2 hours, 26 minutes on Monday night. He will next face 14th-seeded American Steve Johnson.
LONDON (AP) — They were buggin' out at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Hundreds of flying ants swarmed around various courts at the All England Club, distracting players during their matches, as the temperature warmed up considerably, from the low 70s (20s Celsius) to nearly 85 degrees (nearly 30 Celsius).
It left the racket-wielders swatting the bugs instead of tennis balls, at times.