The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• Video: Highlights from Bernard Tomic’s win over Andreas Seppi 7-6 (10), 6-4 in Sydney to make his first ATP final. Tomic played smart in hot conditions, saving break points and set points in the first set. Check out the set point he saves at the 2:10 mark.
• Donald Young is on the verge of qualifying for the Australian Open main draw after beating James Blake 7-5, 6-4 on Friday. He’ll play Britain’s Jamie Baker next.
• The AITA has snubbed the rebellious group of players who threatened to boycott the Davis Cup team unless their demands for better prize money distribution, new staffing resources, and better communication were met, instead choosing to nominate Leander Paes and a slew of unknowns to compete against South Korea next month. AITA actually conceded to the players’ demands, but the rebellious eight, led by Mahesh Bhupathi, were unhappy with AITA’s coaching selection.
As Bhupathi’s twitter makes clear, this isn’t over.
• In The New York Times, Christopher Clarey draws attention to the fact that Roger Federer is chasing down yet another record: most consecutive Grand Slam singles tournaments. The current mark of 56 is owned by South African Wayne Ferreira. This Australian Open will be Federer’s 53rd straight.
• Linda Pearce of the Sydney Morning Herald looks at “The Softer Side of Superwoman.” Would Serena Williams still be playing tennis if she hadn’t taken all those breaks (voluntary or involuntary) during her career? Serena’s not so sure.
”Would I [have won more]?” she counters. ”Or would I have won less, because I would have been tired or burned out? It’s a good question to ponder.” Well, does she think she would even be playing now had she been more active in past years? ”Exactly. Would I still be playing now? I don’t know. Am I playing now because I haven’t played all the time and because I’ve had some unfortunate injuries. Maybe. Hmmmm.”
• Is the Novak Djokovic-Andy Murray rivalry the best in tennis? Writing for ESPN.com, Peter Bodo says yes. I’m not sure I buy that. It may be the next great rivalry, but I don’t think it’s the best one we’ve got going.
• Based on his resurgent form, Tennis Australia is already patting itself on the back for its decision to suspend Tomic. I wonder how/if Tomic will respond. Correlation does not equal causation, mate.
• Check out Jarkko Nieminen’s horrific double-fault on match point in his loss to Tomic in Sydney. Where exactly was he aiming?
• Want to know when and where you can watch the Australian Open? The ATP has put together a handy television schedule.
• Non-tennis: Google shows us what the world wants to know how to do. Americans just want to know how to love.