Daily Bagel: Stan Wawrinka opens up about his post-Aussie Open problems
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• Video: ATP Uncovered goes behind the scenes at the Aegon Championships, where Andy Murray is the defending champion and Ross Hutchins is the new tournament director.
• As expected, Wimbledon has confirmed that Novak Djokovic will get the No. 1 seed, and Andy Murray will get a bump to No. 3.
• Stan Wawrinka talks about his post-Australian Open struggles with The Telegraph.
As he looks back now, Wawrinka admits that his biggest opponent this year has been his own mind. “I was a little bit lost in my head after Melbourne. During the matches I was like, ‘It’s OK if I lose. I’ve just won a grand slam.’ The way I was playing, the way I was fighting, was not good enough. And I knew it. I always accept honesty. That’s something I told Magnus [Norman, the former world No. 2] the first time we met.
“I don’t want a coach who is saying what I want to hear. I want a coach who is saying what he thinks. And we also had some special moments. To beat Roger in the Monte Carlo final when we both played our best tennis, that was the last thing I was maybe missing in my career after winning a grand slam.”
• John McEnroe thinks it will be easier for Murray to win his second Wimbledon compared to the first.
• Very interesting interview with Marcos Baghdatis on Tennis.com, who is still trying to get back into the top 10.
Winning isn’t the most important thing to Baghdatis, it seems. Similar to Gael Monfils, being an entertainer and playing on the big stage is what has always appeared to excite Baghdatis the most.
“What I love about tennis is when there’s emotion on court,” he said. “I think they don’t get much now in tennis. Before there was (John) McEnroe, (Jimmy) Connors, Agassi, that gave so much to the sport. On the court there was always something happening.
“But now I feel it’s getting a bit boring. It’s getting a bit too much in professionalism and there’s too much focus on just winning and stuff like that. I think it should be an entertainment sport.”
• Via his Facebook page, Frank Dancevic is not impressed by the player services being offered — or not offered, as the case may be — during Wimbledon qualifying rounds.
• Good news: The forecast for Wimbledon looks promising.
• Non-tennis: SI’s Greg Bishop on prostitution during the World Cup in Brazil.