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Roger Federer vs. Stanislas Wawrinka: Monte Carlo final live analysis

 Roger Federer vs. Stanislas Wawrinka: Monte Carlo final live analysis

Roger Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka are meeting for the first time this year. (Getty Images)

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Germany leads Australia 2-0 in Fed Cup semis

Angelique Kerber (above) and Andrea Petkovic have Germany primed to reach its first Fed Cup final in 21 years.

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber had straight-set wins on Saturday to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup semifinal and primed to reach its first final in 21 years.


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Daily Bagel: Federer shocked at backhand miss

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

• Video: Roger Federer is just as shocked at his backhand shanks as we are.

• Here’s how Steve Tignor saw David Ferrer’s upset of Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday.

Rafa was uncharacteristically subdued throughout, and he saved his worst, least confident tennis for the most crucial 10 minutes of the match, the first-set tiebreaker. Hanging his head and playing tentatively, he virtually conceded the breaker after falling behind early. At 1-4, Nadal had a chance to take a rip at his favorite shot, an inside-out forehand, from on top of the baseline. Instead, he tried to thread a risky drop shot; too risky, it turned out, as the ball caught the tape and fell back. The shot selection, the execution, the demeanor: None of it was what we’ve come to expect from Rafa at these stages.

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Roundtable: Analyzing ATP and WTA storylines from the season so far

 Roundtable: Analyzing ATP and WTA storylines from the season so far

Stanislas Wawrinka surprised everyone by beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. (David Callow/SI)

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Daily Bagel: Nadal wins his 300th match on clay

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

• Video: In honor of Rafael Nadal’s 300th clay win, here is a song dedicated to him called “Vamos Rafa.”

• Behind the numbers: Rafael Nadal got his 300th win on clay today.

• Nick Bollitieri tells The Telegraph that winning Wimbledon with Andre Agassi was his greatest tennis memory.

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Watch: Dimitrov nails forehand winner v. Ramos

Grigor Dimitrov looks all grown up this week sporting a sharp all-black Nike kit on court at the Monte Carlo Masters, but don’t worry. “Showtime Dimitrov” still lurks under that mildly intimidating “Darth Grigor” facade.

In the first set of his three-set struggle against Albert Ramos, Dimitrov lined up a perfectly shaped curling forehand passing shot up the line for a winner. Ramos should have known better than to give Dimitrov too much time to pull off the shot. The Spaniard doesn’t get enough stick on the volley and you can hear Dimitrov take a deep breath, load, and instead of going for the low-risk flat forehand pass, he lets the ball drop low and then whips his racket through the ball to get it up and down for the winner. Beautiful shot.

Dimitrov went on to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will play David Ferrer on Thursday.

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Pliskova breezes into Malaysian Open round two

Karolina Pliskova took down Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round in Kuala Lumpur.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic made a winning start to her defense of the Malaysian Open title by easing past Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Tuesday.


Pliskova’s sister, Kristyna, also won, beating Timea Babos of Hungary 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4.

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