Daily Bagel: Is Novak Djokovic tennis' Incredible Hulk?
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• In case you missed it, highlights from Milos Raonic's 4-6 7-5 7-6(4) "statement loss" to Roger Federer on Wednesday. Check out the one-handed backhand pass the Canuck hits at the 6:46 mark to save a break point. Where'd that come from?
• Since The Avengers has taken over the box-office (go watch it, it's really good!) here's a question: Is Novak Djokovic tennis' version of the Incredible Hulk? No, I'm not referring to this. But Steve Tignor makes a good observation about the Serb's growing ability to control his inner beast.
It's Novak's style to let things get to him—in this case, the surface—before he can put them aside and play tennis. Unlike Federer and Nadal, there’s a small, highly strung part of Djokovic that doesn’t want to calmly and logically compete for an entire match. There’s a frazzled part of him that wants to pull the plug and just let the ball sail. What’s interesting is watching the more responsible side of Djokovic let that guy have his say and then reel him in.
• Juan Monaco is rehabbing his ankle but doubtful for Rome.
• Peter Bodo talks to Melanie Oudin after she clinched a French Open wildcard.
• For his next trick, Ion Tiriac wants to introduce fluorescent green or orange balls to improve visibility. Boy, he's really obsessed with visibility issues, huh? Here's a tip, Ion: If you take off your ever-present sunglasses you might be able to see the ball better.
• Venus is still in Madrid, getting papped while shopping.
• Non-tennis: Here's an adorable video of a little boy trying to kiss a girl. And failing. Repeatedly. 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.