Daily Bagel: David Goffin and his idol
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• Video: Ryan Harrison and Matt Ebden are good buddies and they're into the men's doubles quarterfinals at the French Open. Watch them dish on their partnership, friendship and the ladies.
• The whole David Goffin-Roger Federer idol-worship/pat on the head business of the weekend was equal parts adorable and awkward. After all, do we really want to be setting a precedent for every kid who gets to play his idol being forced to do an interview for the crowd after losing? Probably not. But in the end it sounded like everyone had warm and fuzzies so all's well that ends well. Writes the New York Times' Greg Bishop:
When the match with Goffin finished, Federer met him at the net. Both smiled. Federer wrapped an arm around the young man’s back while television cameras captured Federer’s wife, Mirka, sighing in relief in the stands. “Good job, son” is what the embrace looked like. Then the two hugged. It was touching, the wise veteran and his biggest fan, a true tennis Kodak moment.
• Let's check in to see what the Brits are saying about John Isner.
Imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever, with occasional breaks to beat powdered red clay from the sole. That’s a John Isner service game. But allied to this — for a near-impregnable serve is far from unique — is the abject ineptitude of the other facets of his game. Specifically, Isner appears to regard much of tennis — the return and the backhand spring to mind — as a peculiar mutation of the sport in which he wishes no part.
• The pros wish Rafael Nadal a Happy 26th Birthday.
• French fans weren't exactly crazy about Victoria Azarenka's grunting.
• Non-tennis: In honor of the last week in Paris, an oldie but goodie from Flight of the Conchords.