The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• Video: David Nalbandian has reportedly shut down his 2012 season. In honor of El Rey, we’re going back into the vault to post this video of him singing (yes, singing) a tennis-themed parody of the Backstreet Boys’ “As Long As You Love Me” after winning the Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2005. I don’t think you need to speak Spanish to appreciate what’s going on here. NALBY IS SINGING.
• It sounds like Andy Murray is getting pestered by questions about chasing the No. 1 ranking from the press. It’s not going to happen this year, so he’s doing his best to set that distraction aside.
“I think getting to No. 1 in the world, that’s more a reward for playing very good tennis throughout the whole season at pretty much every tournament you play. You need to focus more on the process and not so much just ‘No. 1, No. 1′.”
• Over at The Tennis Space, Simon Cambers makes a case in defense of Bernard Tomic.
There is a difference between wanting to try, but being unable to, and straightforward “tanking”, which is when a player just dumps a game/few games/set/match because he can’t be bothered. It’s very easy to criticize Tomic for his comments in Shanghai but I would argue that his biggest mistake was actually admitting to giving 85 percent.
• The USTA objects to Major League Soccer’s plans to expand into Corona Park in Flushing Meadows.
• Caroline Wozniacki turned some heads as she cheered on Rory McIlroy at the World Golf Finals in Turkey. Have these golf guys never seen a girl before? Sheesh.
• According to this stat roundup from the WTA, Serena Williams has qualified for the WTA Championships 11 times (including this year), withdrawn due to injury four times and won it twice for a career 15-5 record at the year-end event.
• Current and former players discuss their favorite TV commentators. John and Patrick McEnroe get some high marks.
• Samantha Stosur and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have confirmed for Sydney.
• Andy says he’ll skip Dubai next year in order to focus on Indian Wells. Smart move.
• Non-tennis: My Oakland A’s got off the mat on Tuesday night thanks in large part to this ridonkydonk catch by Coco Crisp to rob Prince Fielder of a home run.