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Daily Bagel: How well do ATP top five know each other?

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• Video: How well do the top five ATP players know each other? Perhaps the better question is: How in the world did Andy Murray steal the show?

TMZ.com reported over the weekend that an arrest warrant is being sought for Jennifer Capriati for allegedly attacking her ex-boyfriend. Capriati downplayed the incident via a statement from her lawyer. Greg Couch of FoxSports.com writes about how the phenom life is not all it's cracked up to be.

These prodigies are just too far out in front of themselves, their talent greater than their maturity. And then, too often they’re put in places where kids aren’t supposed to be, aren’t able to handle. They are exposed to things they shouldn’t be, and oftentimes, they get no direction, aren’t taught how to handle the normal problems of life.

We keep hearing this same story over and over. Yet, amazingly, this is the life so many parents want for their children, this instant superstardom. LeBron James stands out as someone who handled it. Venus and Serena Williams, too. But they aren’t the norm.

• I'm not sure Ernests Gulbis knows how to give a bad Q&A. Here's another amusing one with On The Go Tennis.

• In an interview with USA Today, Novak Djokovic says his father was very close to dying last year.

Djokovic declined to identify his father's condition, saying it was "complex" and involved the sacral bone in his spine. Previous reports cited a blood disorder or acute respiratory illness.

Whatever the illness, it took a toll. Djokovic said his father spent two months in a hospital and another in a rehabilitation center. He now can take short walks on a treadmill but is far from 100%.

• From GulfNews.com, an interview with the Dr. Igor Cetojovic, the Serbian doctor who helped Djokovic overcome a variety of ailments.

An experienced practitioner of alternative medicine, Cetojevic told Gulf News in an exclusive interview how he made an instant and extraordinary diagnosis that would change Djokovic’s life forever. He said: “The television commentator repeatedly said, ‘Novak is struggling with his asthma again’. But from my observations and experience with Chinese traditional medicine, I could see that asthma was not the issue here. Every time the commentator mentioned it, I said aloud: ‘it’s not asthma!’ I know that generally most asthma symptoms appear in the morning – and Novak’s match was in the afternoon. Also, if he really had an asthmatic condition, he would not have been able to play two excellent sets before the breathing difficulties appeared.

“I suspected that in Novak’s case his problem breathing resulted from an imbalance in his digestive system, particularly from an accumulation of toxins in his large intestine. In traditional Chinese medicine, the lungs are paired with the large intestine.”

Cajoled by his wife Francesca to help the 22-year-old, Cetojevic arranged to meet Djokovic in July 2010 at the Davis Cup in Split, Croatia. He connected the straps of a biofeedback device to the Serb’s wrists and forehead designed to measure stress, environmental toxins, brainwaves and food allergies.

Cetojevic said: “I found that he was very sensitive to gluten, a protein present in wheat, one of the most common foods in Novak’s diet. He grew up, like so many young people, frequently eating wheat-based foods such as bread, pizza, pasta and pancakes.”

• From The New York Times, if the players find tennis stats unreliable, why do we use them?

• Non-tennis: Have a nice Monday, everyone.
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