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Daily Bagel: Serena claims she's 'definitely not [the] number one' player

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• Video: A compilation of Gael Monfils' crazy trick shots. I suspect the video would be much shorter if it were limited to the shots that actually helped him win the point.

• On the question of the greatest woman to play the game, Serena Williams says she's in the top five, but defers to Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court.

"I'm not the greatest player. I'm still playing and I'm still trying to reach records. And people like Steffi and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court, they are the greatest," she said.

"Maybe top five, but definitely not number one. For me it's an honour to even be mentioned amongst those amazing ladies."

• The Tennis Space takes a look at creatine, the controversial supplement used by athletes, including Marin Cilic.

• Kei Nishikori mounted quite the comeback to win his first-round match at the Japan Open. Nishikori was two points from becoming just the second defending champion in Tokyo to lose in the first round.

• Zhang Shuai has made the final of two of her last three tournaments, winning her first WTA title, in Guangzhou, China, two weeks ago. If her name sounds familiar, this might be why: She pulled off one of the biggest WTA upsets, beating No. 1 Dinara Safina at the 2009 China Open when she was ranked No. 226 to become the lowest-ranked player to ever defeat a WTA No. 1.

• If you're not inclined to adjust your sleep schedule around the Asian tournaments, tune in to the USTA's fantastic live stream of the $100K USTA Pro Circuit event in Sacramento, Calif., this week. Denis Kudla and Tim Smyczek headline a draw that features some familiar names, such as Donald Young and Steve Johnson, and two young Aussies to keep tabs on, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

• Non-tennis: From Esquire, a riveting account of what what happened on Air Force One hours after President Kennedy was assassinated.
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