Daily Bagel: Andy Murray closing in
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• Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer took to the roof of the Burj Al Arab, the fourth tallest hotel in the world, to engage in some awkward chit chat.
• Andy Murray believes he's closing the gap between himself and the Big 3. "I think there's no real big difference on hard courts," he said. "On the clay I definitely think I still need to improve a lot. On grass I just need a little bit of consistency."
• Janko Tipsarevic tells The Tennis Space that he regrets being a rebel. "I’ve had my ups and downs," Tipsarevic explains. "When I was a young player, my management company had me in a ‘rebel with a cause’ program. I’m not going to be recommending to these players that they try to be a tennis rebel, to be the guy who doesn’t give a damn. You have to sacrifice a lot if you want to make it as a tennis player."
• Steve Tignor reflects on Manolo Orantes, who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, and Jose Acasuso, who announced his retirement last week.
• Some fun tidbits from Memphis here from Bobby Chintipalli for Tennis.com.
• A look at the the effect of family interference in sports. Feliciano Lopez recounts a story from last Wimbledon. His father was sitting on the sidelines and clearly stressed out over the outcome of the match. Lopez walked over in the middle of a decisive tie-break and said: 'Dad, please, calm down.' "He's a very nervous guy," Lopez laughed.
• These pictures of Dominika Cibulkova and her boyfriend are sweet (and also humorous).
• Non-tennis: If you missed last night's Oscar awards, this Vuture write-up is a good place to start, as is Slate's fashion round-up. 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.