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Daily Bagel: Life of a journeyman

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

• Mardy Fish was forced to pull out of the Davis Cup with extreme fatigue, but he watched every point of the United States' quarterfinal win over France. See his reaction to their win above, and James Blake's reaction here.

• This interview with Sergiy Stakhovsky is a must read for insight into the life of an ATP journeyman. On Roger Federer:

"He’s a good person, but too neutral for my taste. He’s too Swiss. He wants to keep out of any bad stories too much. When players want to change something, he looks at it too passively, because it can harm his image. I respect Nadal more in that context, because he openly supports the players’ interests."

Kudos to Anna at Let, Second Serve for translating.

• We have a long time to wait for the Davis Cup semifinals to kick off, when Argentina will host the Czech Republic and Spain hosts the United States on September 14. Regardless, here's an early preview of the semis.

• The ATP looks at who has the best record in deciding sets. The list might surprise you.

• Not much movement in the WTA rankings this week, though Serena Williams is now firmly in the Top 10, having taken over the No. 9 spot from Vera Zvonareva. Remember, she has virtually no points to defend until July.

• On the men's side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner, key players from the U.S. vs. France Davis Cup quarterfinal, each climbed the rankings this week. Tsonga passed David Ferrer to take over the No. 5 spot, while Isner swapped spots with Juan Martin del Potro to get back into the top 10.

• Here's an interview with Czech doubles specialist Andrea Hlavackova. Her family owns Pilsner Urquell. So that's pretty awesome.

• Blake has picked up a new sponsor.

Sweet haircut, bro.

• Non-tennis: Check out this National Geographic gallery of space photos. I can't say I know what a "Cosmic Flower" is, but it sure looks cool.

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