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Daily Bagel: Armstrong effect on tennis

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• Video: An interview with Ryan Harrison, who scored the biggest win of his career, beating John Isner in Sydney.

• Must-read from Kamakshi Tandon for ESPN.com on how Lance Armstrong has affected tennis.

Ayotte, one of the most respected figures in anti-doping, added that it's not because the system is lacking. "The current program in tennis, for me, is one of the best," she told ESPN.com. "The reason why I'm saying this is tennis is following the steroid profile of the 25 best athletes, which is something that is very rarely done in major sports programs. So for one, I do think that this follow-up prevents administration of testosterone-related [substances], which is a major, major problem."

• The Australian Open women's qualifying draw is out. American women in the draw: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jill Craybas, Madison Brengle, Nicole Gibbs, Jessica Pegula, Grace Min, Irina Falconi, Alison Riske, Julia Cohen, Alexa Glatch, Chiara Scholl, and Maria Sanchez. Always unfortunate when you see the possibility of four Americans meeting in the second round but that could be the case. Min could face Pegula, while Brengle could face Gibbs, with the winners playing in the third round.

• Negotiations have stalled between Indian players and the AITA, putting next month's India Davis Cup tie against South Korea at risk.

• Steve Flink offers his Australian Open preview for Tennis Channel.

• The Australian Open has the best online content for fans of any of the Slams. You can watch the qualifying rounds live on YouTube. With James Blake taking on Donald Young tomorrow, you might want to bookmark the link.

• Interesting read here on Grigor Dimitrov: When Style Is Mistaken for Substance. Is Dimitrov finally ready to play the type of tennis that justifies the hype?

• Tom Tebbutt's blog dispatches from the Slams are always a must read. They're full of interesting tidbits. Here's his first post from Melbourne.

• Matt Cronin takes a look at "The Great Wall of Wozniacki." The Dane will go into the Australian Open with one match win and not a whole lot of confidence.

• The Changeover has a great look back at Fernando Gonzalez's zoned-out semifinal performance against Tommy Haas at the 2007 Australian Open. How zoned-out was it? Winners: 42. Unforced errors: 3.

• Dominika Cibulkova, who demolished Sara Errani to make the Sydney semifinals, has been engaged for a year .

• If you're in Australia you better be ready for some AC/DC puns. This isn't the worst one I've ever read.

• Non-tennis: Four coffee snobs do a blind taste test of Nespresso coffee, which is now being served at more Michelin starred restaurants than you'd think.

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