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Daily Bagel: Tennis players' nightmares

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• Video: Grigor Dimitrov dishes on his favorite movie and superhero, his career highlight and his endless supply of Sugarpova.

• Great read from USA Today's Doug Robson, who spoke with several players about their tennis-related dreams.

Serena Williams has a recurring nightmare in which she reaches a Grand Slam final — often in Australia — and must leave the country. She departs, but can't return in time to play her match and is defaulted.

"It's just the worst dream ever," said No. 1 Williams. "It's very disturbing."

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Mike Bryan, the No. 1 ranked doubles player with twin brother Bob Bryan, says he has a recurring nightmare where he is forced to play the deciding fifth singles match at a Davis Cup tie.

"I'm hobbling around, cramping, the crowd is booing, Bob is on the sideline shaking his head," he said. "I wake up sweating."

• Steve Tignor says it was like old times for Ana Ivanovic on Friday.

Rain started pouring down in the middle of a key point during Ivanovic's victory over Sam Stosur.

• Slate's Josh Levin on the extreme heat at the Australian Open and the sport's lack of unionization.

Why are the players putting up with this brain-boiling insanity? The tournament lasts two weeks, and it could surely finish on time even if play gets halted on occasion to stave off spontaneous athletic combustion.

Much to Casey Dellacqua's chagrin, temperatures are finally falling in Melbourne.

• Get to know Australian Open qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, who plays Simona Halep in the third round Saturday.

• Li Na won't play at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Andy Murray was concerned about his brother Jamie's troubles with heat exhaustion.

• Non-tennis: An oral history of Hoop Dreams.
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