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Daily Bagel: Novak Djokovic the new standard for toughness

By C.W. Sesno, SI.com

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• I'm not sure what's better about Nicolas Almagro's one-handed down-the-line backhand winner; the shot itself, or the call: "This is an oil painting of a backhand!"

• The 6-3, 6-4 scoreline doesn't show how tough it was for Novak Djokovic to get past Almagro and that offensive one-handed backhand. It all comes down to his resiliency and toughness, writes ESPN.com's Howard Bryant. "What Djokovic displayed, however, was a reservoir of toughness -- something we used to associate with only Nadal or Roger Federer. ... The truth is that in a handful of moments over the course of the year, it was Djokovic who did not blink."

• Caroline Wozniacki, a work in regress. Pete Bodo writes that what's hindering Wozniacki may be as much mental as it is lacking offensive firepower. "The most troubling thing about Wozniacki's attitude is that losing big matches never really appeared to hurt her—or the part of her that ought be affected by such things. She's never had that Jimmy Connors "I'll follow that s.o.b. (Bjorn Borg) to the ends of the earth"-moment. She's processed, absorbed and in many ways rationalized her shortcomings and losses in a very smooth way. And that's just something that a natural-born champion doesn't do."

• Some inspirational quotes from wheelchair tennis players here.

• Don't expect Maria Sharapova to appear on Dancing With The Stars any time soon.

• Planning a tennis trip? Tennis.com lists the top 50 tennis resorts.

• Non-tennis: The new iPad 3 hits shelves today. Check out Techcrunch.com's review.

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