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Best matches, best Tweeter, biggest bummer: Early-season offbeat awards

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Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic pushed each other to the limit in their five-set quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic pushed each other to the limit in their five-set quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. We’ve already covered the winners and losers for the ATP and WTA. Here’s a look at more highlights and lowlights from the first three months of the season.

Best ATP match: Stanislas Wawrinka d. Novak Djokovic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open

Once again at the Australian Open, these two played an unforgettable five-set match, and this year, Wawrinka earned his revenge. Will these guys end up playing the match of the year at the Australian Open for the second season in a row?

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Photos: Best shots from the Davis Cup quarterfinals

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    This could be the year Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka bring the Davis Cup home to Swizerland. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    After a thrilling weekend of Davis Cup ties, we’re down to the Final Four, France will host the two-time defending champion Czech Republic, while Switzerland, the only team left to never have won Davis Cup, will host Italy. The semifinals will be played in September the week after the U.S. Open.

    NGUYEN: Roger Federer propels Team Switzerland into Davis Cup semifinals

    The World Group Playoffs will take place the same weekend as the main competition. With promotion and relegation on the line, the U.S. will host the Slovak Republic and Canada will host Colombia. In a tough travel schedule, Serbia will have to fly to India and Spain will travel to South American to play Brazil. Will we see Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal jump in to help their teams stay in the World Group? We will see.

    Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos from last weekend’s quarterfinals:

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Stephens crashes out of Bogota to No. 129-ranked Duque-Marino

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

    • Video: Novak Djokovic practices in Monte Carlo with his new puppy, Tesla.

    • Result: Sloane Stephens lost to No. 129 Mariana Duque-Marino 6-3, 6-3 in her first match in Bogota.

    • Jerzy Janowicz lashed out at reporters after Poland’s Davis Cup loss to Croatia.

    After being interrogated by journalists at a press conference after the match on Sunday, Janowicz lost his temper.

    “Who are you to criticize us?” a clearly upset Janowicz from Lodz in central Poland said, before going on to slam the sports system in the country and Poland in general.

    “Poland is a country that has no prospects in sport, business or private life. Kids go to college just to get out of the country,” a bitter 23 year-old Polish No. 1 said.

    “We train in sheds. So why do you have such high expectations of us?”

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  • Published On Apr 09, 2014
  • Early-season ATP winners and losers

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    Novak Djokovic completed the Indian Wells/Miami double for the second time. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Before the clay-court season heats up, Beyond The Baseline is taking stock of the year in tennis so far. Here’s a look at the ATP Tour winners and losers from the first three months. Click here for the WTA Tour breakdown.

    Winners

    Stanislas Wawrinka: Wawrinka failed the best he’s ever failed — and, really, better than we ever thought he would fail — at the Australian Open, where he won his first major title and became the first player to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. His vengeful 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 victory over Djokovic, the three-time defending champion, in the quarterfinals was his signature win of the season and left no doubt that Wawrinka can continue to be a force on tour as long as he stays healthy and motivated. (The 29-year-old Swiss hasn’t been at his best since Melbourne, though.) Wawrinka also won the season-opening Chennai Open, climbed to No. 3 to supplant Roger Federer as the Swiss No. 1 and teamed with Federer to lead Switzerland into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 11 years.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Maria Sharapova gives Andy Murray some fashion advice

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    Maria Sharapova discussed a variety of topics with her fellow pros. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Maria Sharapova is used to being on the “answer” side of a Q&A, but rarely does she have to field any inquisitive questions from her colleagues. In the HEAD video below, a relaxed Sharapova talks Sugarpova, Paris and fashion while answering a few questions from her sponsor-mates Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Actor Kevin Spacey a self-proclaimed Andy Murray ‘groupie’

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

    • Video: Gael Monfils smacks a forehand winner.

    • In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Spacey describes himself as an Andy Murray “groupie.”

    We pull up to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden a little after 11 a.m., and Spacey sorts through a collection of VIP badges. He has been told that a seat in Murray’s box, where he has sat before, isn’t available because Murray’s coach, girlfriend and hitting partners are in it; but he’s offered the next best thing, Box 117, close enough to make eye contact, if ever Murray were to break focus. “I’ve often thought about whispering to him, ‘Keyser Soze is behind you,’ ” jokes Spacey, referring to the villain character in the 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects who won him his first Oscar. At least I think he’s joking. The delivery is so deadpan, it’s hard to be sure.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Tweets of the week: British media won’t leave Andy Murray alone

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    Andy Murray’s April Fools’ Day joke falls flat (again), the British press corp track his every move and everyone wants a picture with Serena and Venus. Here are the best tweets of the week.

    (And the British press ran with it.)

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: What does Becker really bring to Djokovic’s coaching team?

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

    • Video: A collection of ATP Hot Shots from the Sony Open.

    • Not an April Fools’ joke: Andy Murray’s new hotel opened Tuesday.

    • Peter Bodo weighs in on the 187-pound gorilla in the room: Boris Becker.

    The more recent emergence of the “celebrity coach” – the group that includes, or included, [Ivan] Lendl (with Andy Murray), Stefan Edberg (with Roger Federer), and Boris Becker (with [Novak] Djokovic) – further complicates things, as Djokovic’s situation attests. Becker, one of the great stars of the 1980s and 90s, is the 800-pound gorilla in the room whenever the chatter in a Djokovic press conference turns to coaching.

    The 187-pound German in the conversation missed the entire March Masters swing in the U.S. because of surgery to replace both hips, during which [Marian] Vajda again helped Djokovic turn his game around. But Becker casts a long shadow, as you might expect from a player with such an outsized personality. Officially, Becker is “co-coach,” as Djokovic continues to insist, but wise heads wonder what he really brings to the table – other than a massive jolt of publicity, not all of it good, that the Serb probably doesn’t need.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • British media falls hard for Andy Murray’s April Fools’ Day prank

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    It’s April 1, and Andy Murray, a player known for pulling a prank or two when it comes to coaching appointments, sends a tweet saying he’s set to announce his new coach.

    Without taking into consideration the dry and sarcastic nature of Murray’s Twitter account and the fact that it’s April Fools’ Day, the venerable BBC (and many other British media outlets) fell for it and ran it as breaking news, without realizing they were being pranked. Again.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Andy Murray asks followers on Twitter to find him a new coach

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    Andy Murray’s recent split with Ivan Lendl has him looking for a new coach. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

    Andy Murray is wasting no time in his search for a new coach to replace Ivan Lendl.

    With such a significant decision to make, Murray did what everyone does these days when faced with a difficult decision:

    He asked Twitter.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014


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