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djokovic tops federer for atp finals title

LONDON — Novak Djokovic won his fourth straight title at the season-ending ATP finals Sunday by beating six-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year and reached the final in the other major, won 16 of the 19 points on his second serve and saved both break points he faced. "I couldn't ask for a better finish of the season," Djokovic said.

Federer had 31 unforced errors and even gave away the final point with his second double-fault of the match. "It would have been nice to serve a little bit better early on in the match, play better overall on his second serve," said Federer, who finishes his season with a 6-5 record in finals, with all five losses to Djokovic. Two were at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Djokovic, who also won the Australian Open and lost in the French final to Stan Wawrinka, finishes the season ranked No. 1.

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Alvarez looks ahead after topping Cotto

Canelo Alvarez hadn't even had time to celebrate his win over Miguel Cotto when the subject of Gennady Golovkin came up. Golovkin was watching at ringside.

"With all due respect, if he wants to fight right now, I'll put the gloves on and fight him," Alvarez said.

That didn't happen late Saturday at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas, but Alvarez may not have to wait long. The two biggest names in the middleweight division are on a collision course that could end with them in the ring together next year in a megafight that could make many fans forget the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. The 160-pound title Alvarez won by beating Cotto comes with a WBC mandate for him to fight his fellow middleweight champion in a unification bout.

Alvarez staked his claim to being the best in the division with a unanimous decision over Cotto that wasn't as lopsided as the three judges made it look.

ET CETERA

Baseball: Dave Roberts will be named Dodgers manager today, reports said. Ex-Ray Gabe Kapler was a candidate.

soccer: In the first leg of MLS conference finals, host Columbus beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in the East and host Portland beat Dallas 3-1 in the West. The second leg is Sunday.

speed skating: American Brittany Bowe of Ocala set a world record in the 1,000 meters at the World Cup event in Salt Lake City. Her time of 1 minute, 12.18 seconds beat teammate Heather Bergsma's week-old record of 1:12.51.

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