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Daily Bagel: Was 2011 the perfect year?

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

• As the 2011 season wraps, Peter Bodo says this year "might have been the most exciting, unpredictable and competitive year in tennis history." Does that make it the perfect season?

• Jon Wertheim on Roger Federer, the last man standing.

• Uncle Toni tells us what we already know about Rafael Nadal's output this year.

• Women's Tennis Blog takes a look inside the numbers to see what the top 10 players' losses suggest. Some key takeaways: Vera Zvonareva was the most consistent in 2011 as the only top-10 player who never lost to an opponent outside the top 35, while Maria Sharapova had the second-lowest average rank of players who defeated her among the top 10. In other words, Zvonareva lost to higher-ranked players and Sharapova stumbled against much lower-ranked players.

• Take a look at young Flavia Pennetta.

• Nadal is on the cover of Spanish Esquiresporting a very weird growth on his upper lip.

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