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Daily Bagel: Win after beating Roger Federer at a Slam? Nearly impossible

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Click! Click! Bam! The WTA has introduced a new feature on its site to help fans find out how to watch the week's tournament action.

• Beating Roger Federer is the kiss of death at a Grand Slam. So stop doing it!

• Federer as "plucky underdog"? It's come to this.

• LZ Granderson for ESPN.com, got some insight into John Isner from his girlfriend, Madison McKinley.

"That's the thing most people don't know about him. He's a friendly giant. The most gracious, giving guy I know. But he's also really determined and he can do anything he puts his mind to. When he wants something, he goes after it. When we met I had no idea who he was. I wasn't really into him. Now here we are."

Yes, here we are: interviews, charity work, celebrity … sort of.

At 6-foot-10 and 238 pounds, Isner is the biggest guy in the room -- physically. Despite being the top-ranked American male tennis player for the past two seasons, he still comes up a little short in star power, overshadowed by some of the space's other occupants, like Andy Roddick, James Blake, actor David Duchovny and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.

"He's a lot more fun-going than people give him credit for," McKinley says. "When you see him play live, he interacts with fans, he's funny. It just goes unnoticed for some reason."

• Andy Roddick's Jay-Z impression needs some work.

• Behind the marketing of Eugenie Bouchard.

• Always a must-read from the guys over at The Grandstand: Facebook reacts to Stanislas Wawrinka's win over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

• Victoria Azarenka got "fugged" by the girls over at Go Fug Yourself.

• An interview with Ana Ivanovic in Hello! magazine in Serbia.

• Bonus video: Rafael Nadal was the butt of quite a few jokes in this year's Eurosport WATTS Zap montage:

• Non-tennis: A bad lip reading of the NFL.
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