Wednesday January 25th, 2012

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

• The above video is worth a watch, if for nothing else than to hear Rafael Nadal say he loves "fishes."

• Margaret Court just doesn't seem to get it. In an opinion piece for the Herald Sun, the tennis legend reiterates her hard stance against gay marriage. "People suddenly justify the immoralities around them. We have taken the easy way out. Minorities are now making it harder for the majority. They are increasingly taking everything that is good in society and pushing it to the side." She goes on to say that a person's sexuality is a choice, and that "in the Bible it said that homosexuality is among sins that are works of the flesh." Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but not at the cost of others' civil liberties.

• Eight years since Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open marks the longest Grand Slam title drought in American history. USA Today's Doug Robson looks at the rigors of turning pro too early and some other routes young prospects can take to develop their games.

• A cheeky take on the Murray/Lendl partnership, which includes humorous metaphor after humorous metaphor. Writes Richard Hinds of the Sydney Morning Herald, "''We have a similar sense of humour,'' said Murray, evoking visions of coach and player rolling on the floor at the sight of a drowning puppy."

• Today's anti-grunting piece from The Age traces the origins of shrieking and says it's time to give grunting the Aussie salute.

• The Economist makes an argument that the women should play five sets. "Although the element of chance is not always unwelcome in sport, it exacerbates one of the current problems in the women’s game: the absence of a marketable star or, better still, a rivalry."

• Novak Djokovic knows that the only time you can ever make fun of your girlfriend being less than svelte is when your girlfriend is as svelte as Jelena Ristic.

• Anna Kournikova talks tennis. “I never understood how I became successful," she tells Russian magazine Tattler. "And to me, we (all female Russian tennis players) were talented – unimaginable levels of athleticism – Olga Morozova, Anna Dmitrieva, Natasha Zvereva, Larisa Savchenko. It just so happened that I was one of the first to achieve it (success)."

• SkySports takes a look at Roger Federer's 10 most memorable wins in light of his 1,000th career match.

• Good to see Sam Stosur's first-round exit hasn't destroyed her sense of humor. • Non-tennis (kinda): This koala just found out Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are on the same half of the draw! But seriously, is that the best koala picture ever taken?

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.