Daily Bagel: Win after beating Roger Federer at a Slam? Nearly impossible

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The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Video: Click! Click! Bam! The WTA has introduced a new feature on its site to help fans find out how to watch the week’s tournament action.

• Beating Roger Federer is the kiss of death at a Grand Slam. So stop doing it!

• Federer as “plucky underdog”? It’s come to this.

• LZ Granderson for, got some insight into John Isner from his girlfriend, Madison McKinley.

“That’s the thing most people don’t know about him. He’s a friendly giant. The most gracious, giving guy I know. But he’s also really determined and he can do anything he puts his mind to. When he wants something, he goes after it. When we met I had no idea who he was. I wasn’t really into him. Now here we are.”

Yes, here we are: interviews, charity work, celebrity … sort of.

At 6-foot-10 and 238 pounds, Isner is the biggest guy in the room — physically. Despite being the top-ranked American male tennis player for the past two seasons, he still comes up a little short in star power, overshadowed by some of the space’s other occupants, like Andy Roddick, James Blake, actor David Duchovny and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.

“He’s a lot more fun-going than people give him credit for,” McKinley says. “When you see him play live, he interacts with fans, he’s funny. It just goes unnoticed for some reason.”

• Andy Roddick’s Jay-Z impression needs some work.

• Behind the marketing of Eugenie Bouchard.

• Always a must-read from the guys over at The Grandstand: Facebook reacts to Stanislas Wawrinka’s win over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

• Victoria Azarenka got “fugged” by the girls over at Go Fug Yourself.

• An interview with Ana Ivanovic in Hello! magazine in Serbia.

• Bonus video: Rafael Nadal was the butt of quite a few jokes in this year’s Eurosport WATTS Zap montage:

• Non-tennis: A bad lip reading of the NFL.

  • Published On Jan 29, 2014

    Djokovic AO 2008, USO 2011. 


    Well, I've seen Isner play matches in person and he generally mopes around the court.  He's kinda like Querry without the beach boy head shake.


    Re; the Roger Federer curse, keep in mind that Hewitt beat him in the Brisbane final and then lost his first round match in Australia.