Friday March 2nd, 2012

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

• In the above video, Santiago Giraldo hits a sweet winner during his victory over Carlos Berlocq in the Mexico Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

• Tomas Berdych was part of another controversy on Thursday, this time involving an umpiring decision when he had a break point during the last game of his 6-3, 7-5 loss to Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships. Berdych hit a return into the net, and a late call was made ruling Murray's serve out. Murray challenged. Hawk-Eye revealed that the ball was in and the umpire awarded Murray the point. Berdych went ballistic, arguing that the point should be replayed. No luck. See the players' reactions to the point and the ruling in this video.

• Some great stats here on the lock that the top four have on the men's game.

• Ernests Gulbis, ranked 78th, says that if he doesn't make his move in the next two years, he might just call it a day. “I realize now I’m 23, if I don’t make nothing out of this year, next year, that’s it, my career is over,” he said. “I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to break his body and everything when I’m 27, 28.”

• Richard Pagliaro says forecasting Donald Young's future is "as easy as catching a 140 mph John Isner serve with a tennis ball can." Pagliaro believes that the 22-year-old Young could learn a few things from another former junior Grand Slam champion, veteran Jurgen Melzer, "including train with better players, play doubles consistently to sharpen his serve and return and use all-court skills and hire a coach. Melzer points to his hiring of former Wimbledon doubles champion Joakim Nystrom as a key to his evolution." To me, hiring a coach is step one for Young.

• Am I the only one who thinks this idea that Victoria Azarenka considered quitting tennis last year is a bit overblown? Either it was a passing mention that the media took hold of and are now running with, or she seriously pondered quitting when she was 21 and a top 10 player. The former seems way more believable than the latter.

• Janko Tipsarevic's wife, Biljana, is the anti-Ristic.

• Non-tennis: There is probably a very tiny subset of people who will find this amusing, but I'm linking to it anyway: Arrested Downton. See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.

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