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Friday 15th February 2019

Davis Cup: Great Britain drawn with Kazakhstan & Netherlands for Madrid finals

Great Britain will play Kazakhstan and the Netherlands at the Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November.

Wildcards Britain, who won the event in 2015, are seeded fifth and have been drawn in Group E.

Defending champions Croatia are in Group B alongside hosts Spain, while the United States - who have won the title on 32 occasions - are in Group F.

It will be the first Davis Cup finals played in the new week-long 18-nation World Cup-style format.

The event will take place between 18-24 November with matches consisting of two singles and one doubles rubber.

The six group winners, plus the best two second-placed teams - based on sets, games and points won - will qualify for the knockout phase.

If Britain win Group E, they will face the winners of Group C, which features Argentina, Germany, Chile.

The Davis Cup, which was founded in 1900, is one of the world's largest international team competitions with 132 nations taking part in 2018.

Sixteen nations previously competed in the World Group in a straight knockout, with one of the nations hosting the tie.

An increasing number of top players have skipped matches in recent years to ease their schedule.

Full draw
Group A: France, Serbia, Japan
Group B: Croatia, Spain, Russia
Group C: Argentina, Germany, Chile
Group D: Belgium, Australia, Colombia
Group E: Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Netherlands
Group F: US, Italy, Canada


 

Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win record seventh title

Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.

The Serb, rarely troubled on his serve, won 6-3 6-2 6-3 for his biggest victory in a major final over his great rival.

Spanish second seed Nadal, 32, looked rattled by the world number one's intensity and made 28 unforced errors.

Djokovic won in two hours and four minutes to move clear of six-time men's winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer.

Djokovic, who was the top seed, fell to his knees after sealing another triumph on Rod Laver Arena, smacking the court with both hands and screaming towards the sky.

The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, moving him outright third ahead of American Pete Sampras in the all-time list, closing in on Switzerland's Federer (20) and Nadal (17).


 

Wimbledon expansion plans set to advance

Wimbledon's expansion plans have taken a step forward after a neighbouring golf club voted to sell its land.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made a £65m offer to buy the Wimbledon Park Golf Club land.

AELTC says a vote has gone in its favour with the transfer - pending court approval - set to go through on 21 December. The deal will see AELTC's land roughly triple in size.

It means qualifying will be held on the site by the middle of the next decade.


 

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to win ATP Finals in London

Alexander Zverev stunned world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the season-ending ATP Finals and earn the biggest victory of his career.

Djokovic was the heavy favourite to win a sixth finals title but was outclassed 6-4 6-3 by the German.

Zverev, the third seed, broke Djokovic for a 5-4 lead in the first set, then served three big aces to take the set.

The 21-year-old continued to dominate in the second and sealed a memorable victory as Djokovic faltered.


 

Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon championship.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam - his first major since the 2016 French Open.

The Serb, 31, quickly took control to win the opening set in 29 minutes, breaking twice more in the second set.

Djokovic saw off five set points in an even third set before dominating the tie-break to seal victory.


 

Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to win Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's

Marin Cilic saved a match point before beating Novak Djokovic to win his second title at Queen's Club.

The 29-year-old Croat fought back to win the Fever-Tree Championships 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the longest final in the tournament's history.

Cilic, who won the title in 2012 and was runner-up last year, saved match point at 5-4 in the second set and came back from 4-1 down in the tie-break.

His serve was crucial in the final set as he won in two hours and 57 minutes.


 

Nature Valley Open: Angry Johanna Konta loses in Nottingham final

A furious Johanna Konta lost out to Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

Konta had recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but a controversial call allowed Barty go 5-4 ahead.

The Briton got into a heated discussion with umpire Paula Vieira Souza, which seemed to affected her concentration.

She was broken in the next game to give Barty a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win and did not shake the umpire's hand at the end.


 


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