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Daily Bagel: Kei Nishikori's Grand plan

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• Video: Novak Djokovic was up to his ridiculous tricks in Beijing. Check out this incredible point with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that ends with an impossibly perfect backhand lob.

• The next goal for Japan Open champion Kei Nishikori: Grand Slams. If you missed Nishikori's week in Tokyo, I highly recommend you hit YouTube to catch highlights. It was a phenomenal performance. Here's a sample:

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• Tennis.com's Peter Bodo takes a look at the history behind the current Masters tournaments, from the nine that exist and the three that failed to survive:

The Masters tournaments are self-sustaining and self-mythologizing; in total they enjoy a kind of collective monopoly on the services of the top players. In the long run, that may not be such a great thing, either, as the two major shake-ups in the Masters calendars demonstrated. Who in his right mind would give up a Masters slot? The ATP itself came darned near to going belly-up because of Hamburg’s resistance to being demoted to an ATP 500, with its date pushed back to summer.

• Douglas Robson of USA Today notes that Tennis Australia will talk to the ATP this week about prize-money distribution at the Australian Open.

• Check out this ATP photo gallery from Shanghai. I love the contrast of Andy Murray's making art while Roger Federer shows up to the player party looking like a CEO.

• Non-tennis: Halloween is around the corner. So here is your requisite Corgi-As-Link-From-Zelda picture.

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