Beyond the Baseline

Daily Pain: Andy Roddick weighs in on the outspoken Ernests Gulbis


The Daily Pain is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet during the French Open (otherwise known as the Daily Bagel).

• Video: Andy Roddick discusses how he isn't sure that he would want Ernests Gulbis and his polarizing personality to be No. 1on Fox Sports Live.

• Tom Perrotta for the Wall Street Journal says that despite the promise, both men's quarterfinals matches on Wednesday ultimately fell flat.

The prospects were good! [David] Ferrer had beaten [Rafael] Nadal on clay this spring and had been superb so far while Nadal had struggled with his sore back, backhand and serve. [Gael] Monfils -- sometimes amazing, sometimes terrible, sometimes indifferent -- takes on magical qualities in Paris, where showmanship is appreciated like nowhere else in the sport.

Nadal got off to a bad start -- "my backhand was appalling," he said in Spanish -- and Ferrer won the first set, 6-4. [Andy] Murray and Monfils played some fun points and Murray won their first set, also 6-4. Monfils took a brief vacation and presto: 6-1 for Murray in the second set. Nadal played a bit better, Ferrer a bit worse: 6-4 for Nadal in the second set.

And then everything went wrong. Ferrer -- a man known for his tireless legs and spirit -- gave up. He didn't know why. And he felt embarrassed.

• From For The Win, a seriously in-depth look at Nadal's 'mechanisms' (or absurd habits) when he's playing. It goes much further than the un-pickable wedgie and the perfectly-arranged water bottles.

• SI's Jon Wertheim catches up with Robin Soderling, who remains the only person to have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Will we see the Swede return to tennis?

• Everything's not all roses for Eugenie Bouchard, who was overheard arguing with her coach during practice on Wednesday.

• While the French Open women's semifinals are taking place, Serena Williams is doing this.

• John McEnroe says that he would like to coach, but nobody (Murray) has called yet.

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