Friday March 6th, 2015

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

• James Ward has done it again. The No. 111 rallied from two-sets to love down to beat No. 20 John Isner 6-7 (7), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 15-13 to give Great Britain a commanding 2-0 lead after Day 1 of Davis Cup. When the two countries played in the first round on U.S. soil last year, Ward beat Sam Querrey in five sets to give the Brits a 2-0 lead as well. The win means Britain needs just one more win over the weekend. While Bob and Mike Bryan are the favorites in Saturday's doubles, Andy Murray could clinch with a win over Isner on Sunday.

Murray was excited:​

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• Other Day 1 Davis Cup results: France leads Germany 2-0, Serbia leads Croatia 2-0, Kazakhstan-Italy and Belgium-Switzerland have split 1-1, and in a potentially massive upset, Australia leads the Czech Republic 2-0, highlighted by wins from Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic.

• Some suggestions on how to improve the Davis Cup format.

• And a defense of Davis Cup as it is.

• ​The last time with Stan Wawrinka:

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• Interesting comments from Novak Djokovic on his place in the Federer-Nadal era and whether he commands enough respect. Translation provided by Tennis Translations.

• Monterrey has seen near-freezing temperatures all week, which has made the tennis difficult:

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