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Daily Bagel: British tennis of national concern?

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• Sometimes this works: Novak Djokovic completely vaporizes a racket after dropping the first set to Juan Monaco on Thursday. Once he got rid of that angst he rolled to a three-set win. "It's not the first time and I don't think it will be the last time — I'm a player with a lot of emotion," Djokovic said. "I hope kids didn't see it. But then it changed the match. ... The momentum swung to my side."

• The state of British tennis is apparently a national issue of concern in the U.K., as it was discussed at the House of Lords in London this week. As an American I find that hard to wrap my head around, but apparently a Baroness was throwing shade at the LTA.

The Baroness said the LTA get its money, including its Sport England funding, with no strings attached and no accountability. She knows that’s not true. She used incorrect figures to illustrate her points. That’s wrong. She said the world’s press is aghast at the ineffectiveness of the LTA. Ask the Americans and the Australians if they think their governing bodies are better, or if they care about British funding.

Answer: No and no.

• Andreas Seppi gave the Roman crowd something to remember on Thursday when he came back from 2-5 down to Stanislas Wawrinka to win 6-7 (1), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), saving six match points in the process. Steve Tignor looks back at another memorable Italian: Adriano Pannatta.

• Carlos Moya says salt made the blue clay in Madrid slippery.

• WTA Backspin turns back the clock to look back on Anastasia Myskina's 2004 Roland Garros run.

• Anna Chakvetadze and Jelena Jankovic went shopping in Rome. I had no idea they even knew each other.

• Non-tennis: Just in case you're ever in one of those situations where you don't have a bottle opener, but you do have a chainsaw, a.k.a., ALL THE TIME.

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