The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• Video: In case you missed it, you have to see this incredible mixed doubles point between Novak Djokovic-Ana Ivanovic and Bernard Tomic-Ashleigh Barty. In my best Crocodile Dundee voice: “You call that a match point save? This is a match point save.”
• Serena Williams says she and sister Venus plan on playing doubles at the Australian Open.
• Bernard Tomic says he’s reassessed his approach to the game after coming under heavy fire for his effort level late last season.
“I think from now I’ve decided to play not more than three tournaments in a row and have two weeks off after each period. That’s when I’m going to give myself the best chance. When I’m prepared and fit to play each tournament, I’ll give 100 per cent.”
“For me, once I play more than four or five tournaments I get tired, I stop focusing. And that’s really what I’ve got set down to do this year: focusing on the tournaments I play, commit and do well, train and rest afterwards and get ready for other tournaments.”
• There is a brutal heat wave about to hit Sydney on Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to hit 109 degrees. Heaven help the players on the day schedule.
• Interesting to read here that Li Na had a contentious relationship with Chinese media. She’s an absolute charmer to the English-speaking press.
• Who doesn’t love graphs? The Changeover breaks out the PowerPoint decks to show how Grigor Dimitrov’s improved serve in Brisbane may foreshadow things to come.
• Sam Stosur explains why these prize money fights are so important for lower-ranked players and shares some horror stories from her early days traveling on a shoestring budget.
• Meanwhile, Matt Cronin tries to answer the unanswerable: Why can’t Sam Stosur win in Australia?
• Get to know 19-year-old Monica Puig. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future.
• Tomas Berdych will round out the eight-man field at Kooyong this week. Berdych suffered a shock loss to Roberto Bautista-Agut last week in Chennai. A few more tune-up matches should do him well.
• Non-tennis: On Lance Armstrong: Confession without contrition.