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Daily Bagel: Rafael Nadal isn't the only one who plays with non-dominant hand

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• Video: The WTA 40 Love series continues with video vignettes detailing the tour's history. This one focuses on the evolution of the WTA Championships.

• Rafael Nadal isn't the only player who plays tennis with his non-dominant hand. He's just the one who grabs the headlines.

• Li Na is trying to emerge from a dark place.

• How much time during a match is actually spent playing tennis? The Wall Street Journal grabbed a stop-watch and tried to find out.

Fans live for long points. But exactly how much action is there in a tennis match? We took a stopwatch and timed two matches at the U.S. Open last week to find out. The answer: Not as much as you'd probably think. In the two matches we studied, only 17.5% of the time was spent actually playing tennis.

• Why does Serena Williams have to answer questions about "compassion" when she double-bagels an opponent? Here's Harvey Araton of The New York Times:

Williams had no reason to be defensive about the result, and she wasn’t. What she might have noted had she been furnished with the contextual information was that Carla Suárez Navarro, her vanquished opponent, had beaten a young American, Lauren Davis, by the same 6-0, 6-0 score in the first round.

No one enjoys being fed a double bagel along with a schmear. But it’s part of the game, or the tennis version of a perfect game. Has anyone in the history of major league baseball ever expressed sympathy or apologized after pitching one?

• The redemption of Richard Gasquet is one of the the biggest stories of the tournament, as Steve Tignor of Tennis.com writes.

Earlier this week the world had been stunned when Roger Federer lost, in the words of one U.S. sportswriter, “to some dude named Tommy Robredo.” But for anyone who follows tennis closely, the sight of Gasquet winning the first two sets against Ferrer, losing the next two, and righting himself in time to win the fifth was nearly as big a surprise. This is a player who has made something of a specialty of losing from two sets up over the years. He did it against Andy Murray twice, once at Roland Garros and once at Wimbledon; and he did it again in Paris this spring, going out to Stan Wawrinka in an epic heartbreaker. Gasquet is one of the few men with the dubious distinction of having lost two five-setters over the course of one Davis Dup weekend, against Russia in 2006.

• Maria Sharapova shares her travel diary with Vogue. I like my version better.

• Non-tennis: The best song of the millennium is ... Hey Ya!

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