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Daily Bagel: Actor Kevin Spacey a self-proclaimed Andy Murray 'groupie'

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• Video: Gael Monfils smacks a forehand winner.

• In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Spacey describes himself as an Andy Murray "groupie."

We pull up to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden a little after 11 a.m., and Spacey sorts through a collection of VIP badges. He has been told that a seat in Murray's box, where he has sat before, isn't available because Murray's coach, girlfriend and hitting partners are in it; but he's offered the next best thing, Box 117, close enough to make eye contact, if ever Murray were to break focus. "I've often thought about whispering to him, 'Keyser Soze is behind you,' " jokes Spacey, referring to the villain character in the 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects who won him his first Oscar. At least I think he's joking. The delivery is so deadpan, it's hard to be sure.

• Carl Bialik for FiveThirtyEight.com explains why no one is better at blowouts than tennis.

• It's April, which means it's time to start polishing Rafael Nadal's past and future trophies.

• Jelena Jankovic is now on Instagram. Be sure to read our Fan File on "The Cult of Jelena."

• Venus Williams expands her Jamba Juice empire.

• French tennis player Jerome Golmard has been diagnosed with ALS. Here's how you can help.

• Video: What it's like to return Serena Williams' and Novak Djokovic's serve.

http://youtu.be/WMotePJ-aIE

• Non-tennis: RIP, Television Without Pity.

 

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