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Daily Bagel: Federer right at home in London

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• Video: Novak Djokovic thanks the media by handing out chocolates after his semifinal press conference at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. No, Roger Federer did not follow up by distributing Rolex watches after his session.

• I wasn't the only one surprised by the London crowd's treatment of Andy Murray during his semifinal against Roger Federer. There have been quite a few references to "Basel on Thames" in Monday's British papers. Here's what The Telegraph had to say about it:

We might as well have been in Zurich as on the outskirts of London. It said a great deal for Federer’s supranational appeal that the number of Saltires fluttering around the O₂ was dwarfed by the contingent draped in the Swiss flag and its bold equilateral cross. Those cries you could hear were not of “C’mon Andy!” but “Allez, Roger!” Not even a returning British grand slam winner could, it seemed, hold a candle to the celebrity or popularity of tennis’ most venerated star.

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For one hour and 33 minutes, a piece of south-east London felt forever Switzerland. It was all terribly European, but not quite what Murray needed to end his season with the requisite flourish. Part of the blame rested with the O₂ itself: while a wonderful amphitheatre for tennis, its ambience remains inescapably corporate.

• The World Tour Finals doubles final will feature Indians and Spaniards: Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna relished their victory against Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, while Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez ended the dream run of Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen.

• In case you missed it on Friday, SI.com reviewed the 2012 WTA season.

• Sam Stosur reflects on a her "lean" year and says she wants to play well in Australia. That's pretty difficult when your face adorns every train station in Melbourne for two weeks.

• Agnieszka Radwanska and her sister Urszula headed to Cuba for their offseason vacation. Not much of a vacation. She says she's back to training today.

• With the WTA playing its last sanctioned event of the year in Pune, India, the players took time to celebrate Diwali.

• Milos Raonic was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal "in recognition of his commitment to excellence, sportsmanship and dedication." Does he get a corgi with that?

• Non-tennis: Not sure what to do with those stale office bagels this morning? Try cutting them into a Mobius Bagel.

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