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Djokovic beats Federer at ATP World Tour Finals



LONDON — Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat former world No. 1 Roger Federer for the second time in less than a week, a 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 6-2 victory Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The Serb extended his winning streak to 18 matches after capturing his sixth title of the season last week in Paris, where he defeated Federer in the semifinal. Djokovic kept alive his chances of overtaking Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 spot.

"It was a big challenge physically," Djokovic said. "Only 48 hours ago I was playing in Paris, so to be able to play this well and beat Roger is incredible."

DAVIS CUP: The first-round match between Britain and the United States will be played on a clay court in leftfield at Petco Park in San Diego from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

BAN CUT: Serbian player Viktor Troicki's ban for avoiding a blood doping test was reduced from 18 months to one year, meaning he cannot play in the Davis Cup final next week.


Protests in Brazil scuttle conference

Seven months ahead of Brazil's World Cup, a major conference in Rio de Janeiro was called off for what organizers said was "ongoing civil unrest," a claim denied by the state government. The cancellation is another blow to Brazil and World Cup organizers FIFA after the Confederations Cup was targeted this year by protesters.

TICKET SALES: Nearly 900,000 tickets were allocated to fans from 188 countries in the random selection draw for the 2014 World Cup, most ever in the first phase of sales.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Defending champion Bayern Munich advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win at Viktoria Plzen, and Manchester City reached its first final 16 by beating CSKA Moscow 5-2.


AUTOS: Chip Ganassi is making another manufacturer switch, taking his sports car program to Ford to run the new EcoBoost engine package next year. Ganassi last month moved from Honda to Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series.

BASEBALL: The Mariners hired Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon as their new manager, replacing Eric Wedge.

GOLF: Farmers Insurance will extend its title sponsorship of the PGA tournament at Torrey Pines for five years through 2019.

Times wires

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