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• Video: Genie Bouchard continued her strong run in Tokyo with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jelena Jankovic, thanks in part to this lob.
• According to this Serbian media report, which is apparently confirmed by Novak Djokovic’s mother, Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, are engaged.
Update: Djokovic confirmed the news on Twitter this afternoon:
• From Tennis.com, Carlos Moya says Andy Murray can’t “mentally endure” a full season and criticizes Ivan Lendl’s coaching.
“The best way to arrive at a Grand Slam is winning a Masters 1000, winning matches and acquiring the confidence those victories gave you,” Moya wrote. “It is essential for tennis today. Lendl is focusing too much on him only being a player at the Grand Slams.”
The Spaniard says it is impossible to be No. 1 if a player only focuses on winning Grand Slam titles.
“It is something only [Novak] Djokovic and [Rafael] Nadal can do. For me, Murray is neither Novak nor Rafa,” Moya writes. “He can become one [of those types of players], but right now he is not. In terms of consistency, he is far away. Rafa has made 12 finals in 13 tournaments and has won 10. Djokovic has lost very few matches. Murray—not just this year—is a player who has trouble mentally enduring throughout the year.”
• Ryan Harrison lost to Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Malaysian Open. Unless he secured wild cards into other Asian tournaments, that’s a long way to fly for a first-round loss.
• Steve Tignor tries to wrap his mind around the infuriating case of Ernests Gulbis.
Gulbis, as has been noted in many places, has a spiritual older brother in Marat Safin, and that extends beyond their notorious off-court pursuits. Safin, like Gulbis, was an ultra-talented player who saw through the propaganda of competition — he understood that tennis wasn’t the be-all and end-all, and that winning wouldn’t make him happy for long. He played on as an obligation to his God-given ability (and to make money, of course), but he seemed drawn to failure as much as success. Gulbis isn’t as talented, but he also brings a skeptical eye to the concept that winning equals happiness. I can imagine him winning Wimbledon and following it up with a sarcastic quip at his own expense to Sue Barker on Centre Court.
That is, I could imagine him doing that if I could imagine Gulbis winning Wimbledon at all, which I can’t. What’s strange is, I’m not even sure I would root for him to do it, and I’m a fan of his; this might tell you something about the conflicting feelings that the guy inspires.
• Nice CNN Open Court video with Taylor Townsend. She talks about the influence of the Williams sisters and opens up about last year’s fitness controversy.
• The LTA has a new CEO and he’s not British. The LTA tapped Tennis Canada president Michael Downey for the position.
• Lois Goodman, the umpire who was charged with murdering her husband, speaks to KTLA about the ordeal now that charges have been dropped.
• Non-tennis: After Oracle Team USA came back from 1-8 down to win seven straight races, it’s one race, winner-take-all for the America’s Cup on Thursday