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TENNIS: Djokovic off to good start

on August 13, 2014 10:04 AM

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in his opening match at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday night. It is the only Masters series event he has never won, finishing as the runner-up four times.

If he wins this week, he will become the first with titles at all nine ATP Masters events. Djokovic has beaten Simon eight straight times.

Ukraine, Israel won’t host Cup

LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation ruled Tuesday that Davis Cup matches will be moved out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries.

The ITF board of directors rejected an appeal by the Israel Tennis Association against last week’s decision to switch the Sept. 12-14 World Group playoff against Argentina to a neutral venue because of the conflict in Gaza. The match had been scheduled to be played in Tel Aviv.

The ITF said Israel has until Thursday to nominate a venue in another country.

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