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Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic in two sets to win ATP Finals title

Alexander Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset of Novak Djokovic on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending ATP Finals since Djokovic …


Roger Federer advances to record-extending 15th ATP Finals semi

LONDON – Roger Federer advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals for a record-extending 15th time with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday. Six-time champion …


Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his first Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 …


Dominic Thiem eliminates Jack Sock to reach Paris Masters semifinals

Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Jack Sock in three sets to reach the Paris Masters semifinals. The Austrian served out the match and clinched victory on his first match point …


Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic advance to Paris Masters quarterfinals

Roger Federer’s bid for a 100th career title remains on as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals. If he wins that, against …


Roger Federer wins 99th title

Roger Federer won his 99th career ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors final.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens to win season-ending WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals trophy.


WTA Finals: Sloane Stephens rallies to reach final vs. Elina Svitolina

Sloane Stephens overcame a terrible start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina. “I came …


Karolina Pliskova reaches WTA Finals semifinals with win over Kvitova

Karolina Pliskova won the first set to eliminate Petra Kvitova and then won the second set to advance to the semifinals at the WTA Finals. Pliskova beat Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens win in 3 sets at WTA Finals

Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber both earned three-set victories at the WTA Finals on Wednesday to leave their group wide open ahead of the last round. Stephens beat Kiki Bertens …


Caroline Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year’s WTA Finals

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki earned her first victory at this year’s WTA Finals. She beat Petra Kvitova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Wozniacki is now 1-1 in her group while Kvitova is …


Wimbledon to introduce final-set tiebreakers in 2019

The All England Club says it will introduce final-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon next year when a match reaches 12-12. The grass-court Grand Slam tournament is the second of the four …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching would boost tennis

Serena Williams’ coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity. Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used banned hand signals to try to help Williams …


Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals

The Women’s Tennis Association says No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a lower back injury. Halep’s withdrawal means Kiki Bertens qualifies for the final …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Simona Halep earns second straight year-end No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis

Simona Halep is back as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row, despite a back injury that doctors say could lead to a long-term problem.


Borna Coric upsets Roger Federer, facing Novak Djokovic in Shanghai final

Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday. Coric took down the top-seeded Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Djokovic …


Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev advance at Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer finally won a match in straight sets at this year’s Shanghai Masters but it didn’t save him any energy. The defending champion reached the semifinals by beating eighth-seeded …


Roger Federer battles, Novak Djokovic cruises, Juan Martin del Potro out in Shanghai

Roger Federer is stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals. Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain a day after being taken …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Local briefs: Grey Sox of Spokane win world championship

Spokane has a world masters slowpitch softball champion. Grey Sox returned from the Senior Softball USA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week with the title in the …


Fernando Verdasco ousts Andy Murray at Shenzhen Open

Fernando Verdasco advanced to the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4. Verdasco is now 3-13 against Murray after winning the last two and will next …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

John Isner a new pop while playing at the Laver Cup

John Isner, the tall American with the blistering serve, has added a new role in the last week. He’s a dad. His wife gave birth a week ago to their …


Newspaper reprints controversial cartoon of Serena Williams

A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been reprinted on the front page of an Australian newspaper. The …


Novak Djokovic wins U.S. Open for 14th major, tying ‘idol’ Pete Sampras

His returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Novak Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:54 p.m.

Serena Williams argues with chair umpire; Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open final

Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the U.S. Open women’s final descended into chaos, with fans booing and …


Rafael Nadal’s injury sends Juan Martin del Potro to U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called “a bad movement.” It was a familiar pain, one that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Net gain: Serena Williams reaches her 9th U.S. Open final, will face Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams dropped the first two games of her U.S. Open semifinal before taking 12 of the next 13 and easily beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0. Williams won …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Novak Djokovic tops Roger Federer’s conqueror for 11th U.S. Open semifinal in row

Novak Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall by eliminating John Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to get to the …


Serena Williams puts aside shaky start to beat Karolina Pliskova at U.S. Open

Serena Williams began her U.S. Open quarterfinal tentatively. Her shots lacked their usual sting, her attitude its usual conviction.


Maria Sharapova exits U.S. Open after first loss at night

Maria Sharapova won the U.S. Open as a teenager. More than a decade later, she can’t seem to make it past the fourth round.


Serena Williams hits 18 aces in U.S. Open win

Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for a 10th consecutive appearance – she wasn’t there last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament – …