World Sports News in Brief

Tennis-Germany end Serbia's ATP Cup defence to reach semis

Alexander Zverev shrugged off a tight loss to Novak Djokovic to end Serbia's ATP Cup title defence with victory in the doubles as Germany advanced to the semi-finals of the team-based event in Melbourne on Friday.

Tennis - ATP Cup - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. (Reuters)
Tennis - ATP Cup - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 5, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. (Reuters)

Zverev, beaten 6-7(3) 6-2 7-5 in a high-quality match by world number one Djokovic earlier on Friday, stepped up to partner Jan-Lennard Struff to a rousing 7-6(4) 5-7 (10-7) victory over Djokovic and Nikola Cacic on Rod Laver Arena.

* Inter Milan moved top of the Serie A standings with a comfortable 2-0 win at Fiorentina thanks to goals from Nicolo Barella and Ivan Perisic on Friday.

* Bayern Munich were unaffected by heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures as they beat hosts Hertha Berlin 1-0 to go 10 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga on Friday with their fifth consecutive league victory.

* Former Australian Open champions Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka withdrew from their warm-up tournaments for the year's first Grand Slam on Saturday (Feb 6), citing injuries.

* Second seed Karen Khachanov saved two match points before defeating unseeded Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-7(6) 7-5 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne on Friday.

* Serena Williams pulled out of the Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on Friday (Feb 5) with a right shoulder injury, just days before the Australian Open. The 39-year-old showed no ill effects from the issue and overcame fellow American Danielle Collins 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 to set up a semi-final showdown with world number one Ashleigh Barty.

* Japanese tactician Tatsuma Yoshida will continue in his role as head coach of the Singapore men’s national team until December 2022 after penning a contract extension, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Friday (Feb 5).

* French side Nimes suspended until further notice manager Jerome Arpinon on Friday after a dismal run of results left the club bottom of the Ligue 1 standings.

* Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended for 12 months by the European football association UEFA for violating doping rules, Dutch public broadcaster NOS said on Friday.

* Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati has undergone a second operation on his injured knee which could thwart the winger's return to action this season, reports in Spain said on Friday.

* Napoli defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam have both tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club confirmed on Friday.

Reuters, CNA