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Daily Bagel: Dimitrov's rapid climb courtesy of coach Roger Rasheed

Grigor Dimitrov, guided by coach Roger Rasheed (right), is coming off the best grass-court season of his career. Photo: Sang Tan/AP

Grigor Dimitrov, guided by coach Roger Rasheed (right), is coming off the best grass-court season of his career.

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet. 

• Good read from Kamakshi Tandon for ESPN.com on Roger Rasheed, the man behind Grigor Dimitrov's rise.

After some lackluster training leading into Queen's and more challenging words from Rasheed, Dimitrov did. This also reflects his increased consistency, which is helped by an emphasis on playing well in each tournament and each match, as well as a more disciplined approach to points.

"We've changed a few little things in his game," Rasheed said. "When you've got a whole lot of tools, it's about how you actually use them, what you do with them. He was like a junior playing tennis, without a lot of understanding of how to use his stuff."

As much as Rasheed discourages it, the Bulgarian still produces the wild winners that show up in those highlights. But they are now exceptions rather than regular attempts.

"I think I have better shot selection," said Dimitrov. "I'm more consistent throughout all the weeks, winning more matches."

• Here's a sneak peek at what Maria Sharapova will be wearing this summer. Her next tournament in the Rogers Cup in Montreal, which begins on Aug. 4. 

• Nick Kyrgios set aside his beef with Drake to tool around his hometown of Canberra in a sweet ride

• Sabine Lisicki got some selfies of a lifetime with the German National Team:

• IMG has reportedly dropped Bernard Tomic before his contract was even up. The 21-year-old is now ranked No. 124.

• Dominic Thiem continues to do good things on clay, this time saving a match point to beat No. 28 Marcel Granollers in Hamburg. 

• Hugh Grant was at the women's tournament in Bastad. And the tournament posted this creepy video to prove it:

• Just checking in on Marion Bartoli: Yup, still enjoying life

• Non-tennis: From SI's Lee Jenkins, a closer look on LeBron James' return to Cleveland.

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