Daily Bagel: John Isner bows out of Miami

Monday March 26th, 2012

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

• He's getting older but he can still motor. Andy Roddick tracks down a volley and knocks it around the net post for a winner on Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

• John Isner was unable to back up his great run at Indian Wells, losing 6-4, 6-2 to Florian Mayer on Sunday night in Miami. The spotlight can be tough and media requests grow exponentially when you crack the top 10, but here's a great profile on Big John from his local Greensboro, N.C., paper, including new tidbits on overhauling his backhand, his mother's battle with cancer and the difficulties that arise when you're 6-foot-9 and fly coach.

“In college I was a guy who people said, 'He might be able to play pro, but he’s not going to make any money,’” says Isner, who has nearly $4 million in career prize money. “Now that I’m No. 10 in the world, I still feel like I’m improving. I haven’t hit that ceiling at all. I really don’t feel like I’m even close to that point.”

• Grigor Dimitrov was on his way out of the top 100 but he scored his first win over a top 10 player on Sunday, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over Tomas Berdych. Dimitrov, whose raw talent has never been questioned (but whose head and heart have), battled through physical problems to pull off the upset. Check out this point that lands Grisha flat on his bum.

• The latest SI Tennis Podcast has a 40-minute interview with Andy Murray that is full of candid thoughts from the world No. 4. Here he is on the additional pressure and distraction he gets from the British media during Wimbledon:

"I have TV crews calling my house phone early in the morning. Mornings of big matches, you're getting followed. It doesn't help, and in the U.K., I don't think we really do that good a job with it. If you want your sports teams and athletes to be successful, you don't really want to be throwing them off their stride in the most important moments. And when you lose, they'll be like, 'Oh, you're useless, you don't ever win anything.' So at least [they should] try to help while we're in the event."

• Nice. The Bryan brothers made NPR, though not exactly for their tennis.

• A roundup of the best outdoor courts in New York, according to Kate Spade.

• You gotta love YouTube: The entire 1978 Wimbledon final between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert has been uploaded. Really worth re-watching.

• Non-tennis: Why 1995 was (arguably?) the best year in movies. Clueless, Tommy Boy, Before Sunrise, The Usual Suspects, Seven AND a side of Showgirls? Your move, EVERY OTHER YEAR EVER. 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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