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Daily Bagel: ATP's next first-time Grand Slam winner?

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

• Video: The ATP Tour profiles 36-year-old Tommy Haas.

• At ESPN.com, Ed McGrogan makes the case for why Nicolas Almagro could have a Stanislas Wawrinka-like breakthrough at a Grand Slam. Here's what McGrogan wrote before Almagro's loss to Andy Murray at the Madrid Open:

When Wawrinka won Down Under, our entire notion of the tennis hierarchy needed a do-over. It wasn’t a Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that finally snagged a major title away from the Big Four, it was Wawrinka. Maybe Berdych, Ferrer and Tsonga -- all Grand Slam finalists in the past -- have seen their best chances come and go.

Almagro, on the other hand, is an unknown in that we still don’t know what his ceiling is. It will be intriguing to find out, given his heavy dose of new confidence [after beating Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open]. Attitude alone will not be enough to send him through to the weekend in Madrid or Rome, or even the second week of Roland Garros. But I sense a disturbance in the force -- and a great opportunity for Almagro.

• Maria Sharapova defeated Li Na 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday to advance to the Madrid Open semifinals -- a victory that continued her run of clay dominance.

• Tomas Berdych, a prolific tweeter since joining a year ago, ranks the five best ATP players on the social media service. Jonathan Scott of Tennis.com examines what makes Berdych such a good folllow.

• Lleyton Hewitt is approaching a rare milestone.

• Roger Federer is back on the practice court (with Australian up-and-comer Nick Kyrgios) after the birth of his twins.

• Simona Halep's latest dispatch from the Madrid Open, where she is into the semifinals.

• No. 108 Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia is set to switch allegiances to Great Britain.

• Non-tennis: An oral history of the controversial 2002 NBA Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Kings.
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