Monday August 13th, 2012

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

• Video: Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet do some cat-and-mousing in Toronto.

• Christian Harrison received a wild card to qualifying in Cincinnati, giving a few of us our first look at Ryan's kid brother. It's eerie how similar their games are, as The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg notes:

Christian doesn’t have Ryan’s build, yet. But with such a similar set of assets it seems possible that Christian could continue to improve at the A.T.P. level. “I never like went ‘I want to hit my forehand the exact same as Ryan, the same stroke,’ ” Christian said of the similarities. “I’ve never done that. If they look the same, that’s more just a natural effect, I guess.”

• Bob and Mike Bryan saved a match point en route to their 21st Masters 1000 title and qualified for the World Tour Finals. Not a bad week's work.

Did Olympic tennis peak at the London Games? Is it all downhill from here? It's a fair question. From Reuters:

Without the presence of the Williams sisters and 17-time grand slam champion [Roger] Federer, in most people's book the greatest player of all time, Olympic tennis may lack the same pull. While none of the three has ruled out competing in Rio, they are likely to be well past their peak if they do.

• Stanford's Mallory Burdette secured a main-draw wild card for the U.S. Open. She's a fun player to check out if you have the chance. Big game.

• Non-tennis: Boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, 17, was one of my favorite stories from the Olympics. This New Yorker piece is worth a read. See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.

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