Daily Bagel: Maria Sharapova arrives in Sochi for the Olympics with NBC

Wednesday February 5th, 2014


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

• Video: Fun compilation of tennis players' top talk show moments.

• Maria Sharapova is officially in Sochi to attend to her duties with NBC, and she stopped by the court where she learned to play tennis.

• Putting all doubts to rest, Sharapova says she's backing Team Russia in the Olympics.

• Rafael Nadal says last month's Australian Open final was his worst moment on a tennis court. He also says his back is healing.

The Spanish star, who sustained a back injury in the final of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, said it had been a bit harder to recover from the loss in Melbourne than from other defeats.

"The soul is good. It wouldn't be right to say I was not well after all the things this life has given me. I am a person that takes losses very well, I always have been, and I really do not think about them anymore after a few hours. This time it's taking me a little more," Nadal said.

• Nadal picked up the award for the best male Spanish athlete.

• It was bound to happen: Ivo Karlovic fired down a record-tying 44 aces in his win over Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), in Zagreb.

• What happens when the ATP's Big Four start losing? More analysis supporting the idea that the dark age of the ATP is coming soon.

• Peter Bodo's take on the no-win situation created by Davis Cup "dead rubbers". Germany got some heat from their home fans this weekend after they clinched the win over Spain 3-0 and basically threw in the towel on the last two matches.

• You can now vote for your favorite WTA hot shot each month. Here are the nominees for January:


• Five things about Sochi from Russia's Elena Vesnina.

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