The other Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic
Born on 22nd June 1984, Janko Tipsarevic is a Serbian tennis player. Born to a professor father and a home maker mother and married to Biljana Sesevic, Tipsarevic likes to play music as a DJ. He likes to read literature in his free time. An Australian Open Junior’s champion Tipsarevic has two ATP tour championship’s to his name. Along with these two tours championship he has been victorious in ATP challenger series nine times. Currently ranked 8th in the ATP world rankings, Tipsarevic is the 117th player in the history of tennis to break into top 100.
He took his first step towards tennis at the age of six and by the time he turned eight, he started coaching under Roman Savochkin at the New Belgrade Tennis Club. In the early days of his career he won the Australian Open Junior’s single’s title in 2001. The same year he achieved rank 2 in Junior’s rankings. He started playing for the Yugoslav Davis Cup team in the same year. Tipsarevic has two Future titles under his name too.
In 2003, at Indianapolis, Tipsarevic entered the ATP circuit, where he made it to the second round of the tournament but was defeated then by Yevgeny Kafelnikov. He played his first ever grand slam in the year 2003. He played the US Open 2003 by entering as a qualifier but lost in the first round of the tournament.
The very next year he also made his Wimbledon and French Open debuts but lost in first round on both the occasions.
He entered the top 100 single’s rankings in 2005 after winning the two single’s challenger titles in 2004. In 2005, he made it to the second round of Australian Open and French open. At the 2005 Wimbledon Championships he won the first two round’s matches but lost in the third round.
Tipsarevic started playing ATP tour full time in 2007 after winning a Challenger Title in Zagreb. His fourth round Wimbledon appearance in the same year is his best grand slam performance so far. He reached his first ever ATP tour final at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow in 2009 and ended up as the runner up. He has reached the semi-finals of the Chennai Open on two occasions, in 2010 and 2011. His victory over the third seed Andy Murray at 2010 Dubai Tennis Championship is one of his best victories. By the end of 2011, Tipsarevic made into the top 20 of ATP Single’s men rankings. The same year he made to to his first ever grand slam quarterfinals by reaching the US open quarterfinals.
Currently playing for the Serbia Davis Cup team, Tipsarevic made a god start to 2012 season by reaching the finals of Chennai Open and ending runner up. He lost in the third round of 2012 Australian Open to Richard Gasquet.
Till now, Tipsarevic has been able to defeat a world number one once and has achieved victories over the top 10 players in world eleven times.