Tuesday September 20th, 2011

(A Serbian advertisement featuring a dancing Viktor Troicki.)

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

• Bernard Tomic just beat Stanislas Wawrinka and took a set off Roger Federer. It seems an odd time to criticize the 18-year-old, but then again, I'm not a Grand Slam champion and Davis Cup captain.

Ravi Ubha's 2011 Grand Slam awards at ESPN.com. How much does it say about Andy Murray (or us) that he has his best year at Slams but is still considered the biggest disappointment?

• Lleyton Hewitt is not retiring. But he might not play either. So ... make of that what you will.

• Some are reporting that Rafael Nadal is set to split with uncle Toni. Meanwhile, I am investing in large grains of salt.

• You can see the nutty Argentine Davis Cup celebration here.

• If you're going to watch a Nadal match, you better pack a lunch. It's going to be a while.

• I found this analysis of court speed fascinating. Not just because of the results but for the analysis itself.

Sam Stosur ain't mad at Serena. This is important news in light of the fact that it was never reported that Stosur was mad in the first place.

• Lisa Raymond won her sixth Slam title at the U.S. Open. She blogged about it for espnW.

• Two interesting takes on the scheduling issues and threat of player strikes, from the Telegraph and BBC.

• The recently retired Elena Dementieva took the court last weekend for an exhibition against Vera Zvonareva. It's great to see her again. She is sorely missed. Non-tennis: Slate's ongoing series on why anyone would want to go to Burning Man. The reporting is a public service to me because I honestly do not understand it. At all.

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