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Daily Bagel: John Isner hit by a lob

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• Petra Kvitova shows off her playful sense of humor in this Q&A from last year. Between comparing herself to water, her adorable penchant for inserting articles where they don't belong (the Pink, the Wimbledon, the math), and comparing herself to Cameron Diaz, the whole thing is hilarious.

• Check out this point at the 1:51:48 mark here. On match point, John Isner hits an approach shot, Ryan Sweeting throws up a defensive lob, and Isner somehow backpedals into the lob, which was on its way to going well out. You have to see it to understand. Oh, and their reactions are fantastic.

• Jelena Jankovic said in Charleston that she was in negotiations to get a new coach and then a week later Zeljko Krajan split from coaching Dominika Cibulkova. Do the math and that's right: Krajan is reportedly JJ's new coach. She said she wanted someone who could motivate her and pull her out of her lazy funk and Krajan has a history of working his charges to the point of exhaustion or, as it was in Dinara Safina's case, breaking. This could either be exactly what Jankovic needs or an unmitigated disaster.

• Simon Cambers sat down with Ivan Ljubicic in Monte Carlo to talk about his retirement plans, with an interesting bit about conflicts of interest in tennis:

“There is this (ATP) European Board Representative position up for election. (But) there are a couple of issues there. I did that already and that kind of job is a job that really creates all kinds of conflicts. You can’t work with the tournaments… it’s still conflicted. I know some of the guys are still doing it -- Justin (Gimelstob)’s doing TV, David (Edges) is co-owner or director of the Tennis Channel, Giorgio Di Palermo has a company that manages some of the guys. I just don’t feel comfortable (with that)."

• It's a credit to Ljubicic that so much ink and time has been dedicated to his legacy in the game and the players he's influenced. Here's Steve Tignor's take:

Not that Ljubicic, who made his living competing, was all about fuzzy feelings. He could get annoyed by opponents whom he felt weren’t acting professionally. He criticized Andy Roddick for hamming it up against him at Flushing Meadows in 2003 -- “Nobody in the locker room likes his acting on court,” Ljubicic said afterward, speaking, characteristically, for the players as a whole. Three years later at Roland Garros he was vocal in his criticism of Rafael Nadal and a chair umpire in letting Nadal take too long between points. For Ljubicic, professionalism was paramount.

• That stomach bug that knocked out players, fans, officials and journalists at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells last month? Turns out it was a norovirus bug.

• Non-tennis: This is just an incredible copy-editing fail.

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