The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• Video: Fabio Fognini was in the zone for a set and a half against Rafael Nadal on Friday, building a 6-2, 4-1 lead in the quarterfinals of the China Open. Nadal stormed back to win 11 of the last 12 games to advance 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. But Fognini gets on the highlight reel thanks to this backhand pass.
• Nadal is one win away from taking over the No. 1 ranking. The only man standing in his way is Tomas Berdych.
• Marion Bartoli put on her best Wimbledon whites and played at the Club Championships at the All England Club. She’s the first reigning Wimbledon champion to do so, as Alexandra Willis notes.
The 28-year-old, who has been trying her hand at commentary and other new exploits since announcing her retirement from the game in August, played alongside former British Fed Cup captain Colin Beecher in the members’ only round robin doubles event. Other participants included Anne Keothavong, Ross Hutchins, James Auckland, Chief Executive Richard Lewis and Chairman Philip Brook.
• Following in the footsteps of Roger Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray is getting his own personal branding design.
• Murray plans to return from his back surgery at an exhibition in Barbados next month.
• The one where Peter Bodo compares Sam Querrey to a jackalope.
The whole Querrey package reminds me of the jackalope, that creature with which folks in Wyoming have been fooling visiting tenderfoots for time immemorial. You know, the jackrabbit with deer antlers or the horns of an antelope attached to the critter’s head. Clever taxidermists have been making a living off those novelty mounts for decades.
Querrey, who’s ranked 13 places off his career high at No. 30, is a lean 6’6” and armed with a monstrous serve. It’s the kind of shot you build a game around, but unfortunately that’s not what Querrey did. He may have been sidetracked by the fact that he has excellent ball skills—solid, powerful groundstrokes and downright feathery touch at the net. All of these are appealing assets, yet they never quite seem to combine to create a whole more impressive—or effective—than the sum of the parts.
• Matt Cronin weighs in on the WTA’s top 10 up-and-comers.
• The doubles field for the WTA Championships is set: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci; Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik; Ekaterina Makarovaand Elena Vesnina; and Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei have qualified.
• Agnieszka Radwanska has nothing but nice things to say about Madison Keys.
• Another doping ban has been issued, this time to 25-year old Belgian Matthieu Da Silva Barata. Barata is not listed on the ATP website and the two-year ban was issued by NADO Flanders.
• Non-tennis: An open letter to the writers of open letters.