ATP Players

Janko Tipsarevic

RS Serbia
Date: 
Friday, June 22, 1984
Birthplace: 
Belgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Residence: 
Belgrade, Serbia
Height: 
180 cm (5'11")
Weight: 
80 kg (176 lb)
Plays: 
Right-handed
Turned pro: 
2002

Janko Tipsarevic (born on June 22, 1984 in Belgrade) is a Serbian tennis player.

In his career, he has won two Futures and nine tournaments from ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarevic also won Junior 2001 Australian Open title. He is currently ranked No. 47 player on ATP singles rankings; and is the second highest ranked Serbian tennis player, after Novak Djokovic.

Tennis career

Tipsarevic began playing at age six and in 1993, at age eight, started playing at New Belgrade Tennis Club with Russian coach Roman Savochkin.

As a junior, he won the 2001 Australian Open title in boys' singles; reached the quarterfinals at the French Open; and finished No. 2 in the world junior rankings in 2001. The same year he made a debut on the Yugoslav Davis Cup team, winning three points against Poland. The following week, he won his first career Futures title in his home city of Belgrade. In 2002, he won his second futures title in Mexico.

After winning his first tournament from ATP Challenger Series in Germany, he made ATP debut at Indianapolis in 2003; after beating fellow Serb Nenad Zimonji? in the first round, he then lost in the second round to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also made his Grand Slam debut on U.S. Open as a qualifier; he lost to No. 20 seed, Mark Philippoussis in the first round. In 2004, as a a qualifier, he made his first appearances at the French Open and Wimbledon, losing in the first round of each. Later that year, he won two challenger titles in singles and one in doubles.

Tipsarevic played in 15 ATP tournaments in 2005, and broke the top 100 for the first time. He also reached second rounds at Australian Open and French Open; he lost to Dominik Hrbaty on Australian Open, but he beat him on French Open. He also reached third round on Wimbledon Championships, beating Tommy Haas and Yen-Hsun Lu, he then lost to Thomas Johansson. In doubles, together with Jiri Vanek, won Napoli Challenger title; and he also reached quarterfinals with Novak Djokovic in Croatia Open Umag and Vietnam Open, with Marcos Baghdatis.

He finished 2006 as a No. 2 Serbian tennis player, after Novak Djokovic, and for the first time in Top 100, at No. 65 ATP Ranking. He won four Challenger titles with a 31-8 record. On ATP Tour, he reached quarterfinals in Nottingham Open, after losing to Robin Soderling from Sweden. After he had won Zagreb Challenger title on May 2007, Tipsarevic is been playing full time on ATP Tour; reaching third round on French Open and a quarterfinals on Ordina Open. He has also reached his best Grand Slam performance so far by reaching the fourth round of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. He won his first three matches in five sets each, which marked the first time since 1974 that someone won 3 straight 5-set matches at Wimbledon. The win saw him rise to #48 in the world, his first time inside the top 50.

He stretched Roger Federer in the Third Round of the 2008 Australian Open, losing 7–6(5), 6–7(1), 7–5, 1–6, 8–10. Federer has never played a fifth set with eighteen games before. The match took 4 and a half hours. This effort to make the third round of the Australian Open 2008 made Tipsarevic's ranking rise from 49 to a career high of 42.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Tipsarevic pulled off a second-round upset of sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick in four sets, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4). It was his fourth top 10 win. He followed that up with a 7-6(1), 7-6(3), 6-3 win over twenty-fith seed Dmitry Tursunov to make his second straight Round of 16 at Wimbledon. He then lost his Fourth Round match against Rainer Schuettler, due to a leg injury.

Tipsarevic has a good record against highly-ranked players, but is occasionally criticised as being inconsistent and following up a big win with a surprising loss, a tendency which Tipsarevic acknowledges.

Davis Cup

Tipsarevic played for Davis Cup every year since 2000, until present; for FR Yugoslavia (2001-2002), Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006) and for present day Serbia in Serbia Davis Cup team (2007). His record is 20-7 in singles and 5-1 in doubles.

Personal life

Tipsarevic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (then SFR Yugoslavia). His father, Pavle, is a professor; mother, Vesna, is a housewife. He has also a younger brother, Veljko. He finished high school and in 2006 completed university studies in Belgrade, studying Sports Management. His love of reading classic literature is often mentioned by commentators and the press as something unusual for a high-level athlete. He has a quotation from Dostoyevsky ("Beauty will save the world", from "The Idiot") tattoed on his left arm, and according to US Open announcers Ted Robinson and John McEnroe, he also has a tattoo of a quote from Schopenhauer.

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