Janko Tipsarević at the 2011 Australian Open
|Country|| Serbia (2006–present)
Serbia and Montenegro (2003–2006)
22 June 1984 |
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (2 April 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 36 (11 November 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2013)|
|French Open||4R (2012)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2007, 2008)|
|US Open||QF (2011, 2012)|
|Tour Finals||RR (2011, 2012)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 46 (25 April 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 239 (11 November 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2011)|
|French Open||QF (2008)|
|US Open||3R (2009)|
|Davis Cup||W (2010)|
|Last updated on: 28 October 2013.|
Janko Tipsarević (Serbian Cyrillic: Јанко Типсаревић, Serbian pronunciation: [jâːŋkɔ tipsǎːrɛʋit͡ɕ]; born 22 June 1984) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 23 as of 9 September 2013. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 8, achieved on 2 April 2012. In his career, he has won four ATP World Tour titles, two Futures, and nine tournaments in the ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarević also won the 2001 Australian Open Junior title.
Tipsarević has achieved two victories over a World No. 1 player, having defeated compatriot Novak Djokovic twice. He also has thirteen victories against other players in the top 10: four wins against Tomáš Berdych, and one each against Fernando González, Mikhail Youzhny, David Ferrer, James Blake, Gaël Monfils, Andy Murray and Juan Mónaco. He holds victories over former World No. 1 players Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero & Andy Roddick. His best results at a Grand Slam have been reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011 & 2012.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Davis Cup
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Endorsements
- 5 Significant finals
- 6 ATP career finals
- 7 Team competition finals: 3 (3–0)
- 8 Singles performance timeline
- 9 Doubles performance timeline
- 10 Awards
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Tipsarević began playing tennis at age six, and at the age of nine, started playing at the New Belgrade Tennis Club with Russian coach Roman Savochkin.
As a Junior, he won the 2001 Australian Open Boys' Singles title, achieving the No. 1 ranking the same year (and No. 4 in doubles).
Junior Grand Slam results:
In 2001, he made his debut for the Yugoslav Davis Cup team, winning three points against Poland. The following week, he won his first career Futures title in Belgrade. In 2002, he won his second Futures title in Mexico.
After winning his first ATP Challenger Series tournament in Germany, he made his ATP debut in Indianapolis in 2003. After beating fellow Serb Nenad Zimonjić in the first round, he lost in the second round to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also made his Grand Slam debut in the US Open as a qualifier. He lost to 20th seed, Mark Philippoussis in the first round. In 2004, as 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.
Tipsarević played in 15 ATP tournaments in 2005 and broke into the top 100 for the first time. He also reached the second rounds of the Australian Open and French Open. He lost to Dominik Hrbatý in the Australian Open, but was able to beat him at Roland Garros. He also reached the third round of Wimbledon, beating Tommy Haas and Yen-Hsun Lu, but then lost to Thomas Johansson. In doubles, he partnered with Jiří Vaněk to win the Napoli Challenger title. He also reached the quarterfinals with fellow Serb Novak Djokovic in the Croatia Open Umag and the Vietnam Open with Marcos Baghdatis.
He finished 2006 as the no. 2 Serbian tennis player after Novak Djokovic, and he was ranked in the top 100 for the first time at no. 65. He won four Challenger titles, compiling a 31–8 record at that level. On the ATP Tour, he reached the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Open, losing to Robin Söderling from Sweden.
After he won the Zagreb Challenger title in May 2007, Tipsarević played full-time on the ATP Tour. He reached the third round of the French Open and the quarterfinals of the Ordina Open. He has also achieved his best Grand Slam performance so far by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon. He won all of his first three matches in five sets, and this marked the first time since 1974 that someone had won three straight five-set matches at Wimbledon. He also saved a match point in his third round victory over Australian Open runner-up Fernando González. He was eventually defeated by former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets. The win saw him rise to World No. 48, his first time inside the top 50.
Tipsarević pushed Roger Federer to five sets in the third round of the 2008 Australian Open, losing 7–6, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6, 8–10. At that time, Federer had never played a fifth set with 18 games. The match took four and a half hours to complete. His effort in making the third round of the 2008 Australian Open made Tipsarević's ranking rise from no. 49 to no. 42.
At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Tipsarević pulled off a second-round upset of sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick in four sets, 6–7, 7–5, 6–4, 7–6. It was his fourth top-10 win. He followed that up with a 7–6, 7–6, 6–3 win over 25th seed Dmitry Tursunov to make his second straight round-of-16 appearance at Wimbledon. He then lost his fourth round match to Rainer Schüttler because of a leg injury.
2009–2010: Davis Cup title
In October 2009, at the Kremlin Cup tournament in Moscow, he advanced to his first-ever ATP final, beating Daniel Köllerer, Christophe Rochus, Robby Ginepri (beating him for the first time in three meetings), and qualifier Illya Marchenko en route. He lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the final, 7–6, 0–6, 4–6.
Despite his disappointing loss in his first final, he came out firing in the very next week, as he reached his second consecutive semifinal (for the first time) at the 2009 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, beating eighth seed John Isner 7–6, 6–4, Michael Berrer 7–6, 6–1 and third seed Gaël Monfils, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3, en route. He lost to Jürgen Melzer in the semifinal, after being a set up and two points away from victory, 6–4, 6–7, 4–6.
In 2010, he started off the season well by reaching the semifinals at the 2010 Chennai Open, but lost to eventual champion Marin Čilić. He reached the second round of the 2010 Australian Open, losing to Tommy Haas in five sets, 6–4, 4–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6. He lost in the opening rounds at the 2010 PBZ Zagreb Indoors and the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. At the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships, he beat Andreas Seppi, 7–6, 7–5, in the opening round, and then stunned third seed Andy Murray, 7–6, 4–6, 6–4, for the best win of his career to that point. He has since beaten Murray three times (now tied 3–3 in head-to-head meetings). Having little time to rest following the big win, he lost to seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny, 3–6, 4–6, in the quarterfinals.
In June, he reached his second ATP Tour-level final at the 2010 UNICEF Open. He beat Jérémy Chardy, Arnaud Clément, Peter Luczak, and defending champion Benjamin Becker en route, only to lose to in-form Sergiy Stakhovsky, 3–6, 0–6.
At the US Open, Tipsarević defeated Olivier Rochus in the first round, and then scored a big upset by beating former champion and ninth seed Andy Roddick in the second round, 3–6, 7–5, 6–3, 7–6. Advancing to the third round of the US Open for the first time, he played Gaël Monfils in a three-hour four-setter. He lost the match, 6–7, 7–6, 2–6, 4–6.
After the US Open, Tipsarević scored key wins over Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek in the Davis Cup for Serbia, filling in for an ill Novak Djokovic. In Basel, Tipsarević lost to then-world no. 2. Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6.
2011: Becoming a top-10 player and first ATP titles
Tipsarević again started the season well in Chennai, reaching the semifinals, but losing to Xavier Malisse in three sets. At the 2011 Australian Open, Tipsarević reached the second round and lost in five sets to Fernando Verdasco, despite twice serving for the match and holding match points in the fourth set, 6–2, 6–4, 4–6, 6–7, 0–6.
His next tournament was in Delray Beach, where he defeated Ivo Karlović in the first round and qualifier Blaž Kavčič in the second round to set up a quarterfinal match against in-form Ivan Dodig. Tipsarevic won the match, 7–6, 6–1, and continued his winning form by defeating Japanese no. 1 Kei Nishikori, 6–4, 6–4 (a scoreline replicating their previous encounter in Chennai), to ensure his place in the final. This was his third ATP final appearance overall, but he lost to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets, despite holding a 4–1 lead in the first set. He then reached the second round of the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Tobias Kamke in straight sets, but losing to Sam Querrey in the second round. Tipsarević then played the Miami Masters, reaching the fourth round on a run where he defeated Robin Haase, Marin Čilić, and Philipp Petzschner, before losing to Gilles Simon, 6–4, 6–7, 2–6.
At the Monte-Carlo Masters, Tipsaerević was defeated in the first round by Feliciano López, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7. He bounced back at his home event, the Serbia Open, reaching the semifinals. He defeated Kei Nishikori, Mischa Zverev, and Somdev Devvarman, before he withdrew in his match with countryman Novak Djokovic. At Roland Garros, he reached the third round, defeating Brian Dabul and Pere Riba in straight sets, before losing to Roger Federer, 1–6, 4–6, 3–6. His next event was the Queen's Club Championships, where he reached the round of 16, defeating Blaž Kavčič and Michael Russell, before losing to Andy Murray, 4–6, 6–7.
At the Eastbourne International, Tipsarević reached the final. He defeated James Ward, Mikhail Kukushkin, Grigor Dimitrov, and Kei Nishikori, before losing to Andreas Seppi, 6–7, 6–3, 3–5, retiring hurt. At Wimbledon, still troubled by injury, Tipsarević retired against Ivo Karlović in the first round, 5–7, 1–3.
At the Rogers Cup, Tipsarević had an impressive run, defeating Alejandro Falla, Fernando Verdasco, Ivan Dodig, and Tomáš Berdych to reach his first Masters series semifinal, where he lost 3–6, 4–6 to Mardy Fish. Subsequently, Tipsarević entered the top 20 for the first time. At the 2011 Western & Southern Open, Tipsarević narrowly defeated world no. 113 Édouard Roger-Vasselin, 6–0, 3–6, 7–6, before losing to no. 12 and Hamburg champion Gilles Simon, 7–6, 2–6, 3–6.
At the US Open, Tipsarević reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, after defeating Augustin Gensse, Philipp Petzschner, Tomáš Berdych, and Juan Carlos Ferrero, but lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, retiring in the fourth set due to a thigh injury. His ranking subsequently rose to no. 13.
In the Davis Cup semifinal showdown between Serbia and Argentina, Tipsarević was defeated, 5–7, 3–6, 4–6, by an impressive Juan Martín del Potro during the second singles rubber of the tie. Defending champions Serbia, eventually lost the tie 2–3 against Argentina.
At the 2011 Proton Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, he was third seed. He defeated Flavio Cipolla, 6–2, 6–4, in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, he played just four games as Nikolay Davydenko retired as Tipsarević led 3–1. In the semifinals, he improved his unbeaten head-to-head record to 5–0 against Kei Nishikori as he dispatched him 6–4, 6–3. In the final, he won his first ATP title in five attempts, defeating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, 6–4, 7–5.
He rebounded at the 2011 Kremlin Cup in Moscow, winning the title as the top seed. He defeated Igor Kunitsyn, 6–7, 6–1, 6–0, avenged his loss against Dmitry Tursunov, 6–4, 6–2, and downed home favourite Nikolay Davydenko, 6–2, 7–5, saving three consecutive set points on his serve at *0–40 during *4–5 in the second set, to reach the sixth final of his career. In the first all-Serbian final in tennis history, Tipsarević defeated his good friend, compatriot, and defending champion Viktor Troicki, 6–4, 6–2, to win his second career title.
The following week, he reached the 2011 St. Petersburg Open final, losing to Croatian Marin Čilić in three sets, 6–3, 3–6, 6–2. Thanks to his regularity and despite the loss, he became the first player in the world to reach both Kremlin Cup and St. Petersburg finals consecutively in the same year.
At the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters, he defeated Alex Bogomolov, Jr., 6–1, 6–0, in his opening second-round match. In the third round, he wasted a 5–1 lead in the first set and a 4–2 lead in the second set to disappointingly lose against Tomáš Berdych for the first time in five meetings, 5–7, 4–6.
On 22 November, Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from the ATP World Tour Finals. Because Tipsarević was first alternate, made his debut at the year-end championships. Placed in Group A in the round-robin stage, Tipsarević was drawn against Tomáš Berdych and had a chance to avenge his recent loss in Paris against him. Janko almost defeated him by reaching match point. Undeterred by the painful loss, he capped off his career-best season in style as he notched arguably the best win of his career in his next match by defeating his good friend and compatriot Novak Djokovic, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, for his first win over a world no.1 player, as well as his first win in the year-end championships. Tipsarević ended the season at a career-high ranking of no. 9, just behind Mardy Fish.
2012: Maintaining in the top 10
Janko Tipsarević began 2012 at the ATP Aircel Chennai Open, making the final but losing to Milos Raonic, 7–6, 6–7, 6–7. At the 2012 Australian Open, Tipsarević was seeded ninth. He defeated Dmitry Tursunov in the first round, continuing in the same fashion against James Duckworth in the second round. He eventually lost to 17th seed Richard Gasquet in the third round, 3–6, 3–6, 1–6. He reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters, losing to runner-up Andy Murray. He then moved up to world no. 8, surpassing Mardy Fish.
He represented Serbia in the Davis Cup quarterfinal clash with the Czech Republic, which was played on clay in Prague. Tipsarević beat Radek Štěpánek in his opening singles rubber, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 4–6, 9–7, saving three match points, but fell in the fourth rubber to Tomáš Berdych, 6–7, 6–7, 6–7, after squandering set points in all three sets, to lose the overall tie 1–3.
At the Madrid Open, he defeated Federico Delbonis, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, in the first round, before avenging his loss to Gilles Simon by beating him for the first time in five meetings. In the quarterfinals, he upset world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, 7–6, 6–3 to reach his second semifinal in a masters event, and his first on clay. In the semifinals, however, he lost to then-world no. 3 Roger Federer, 2–6, 3–6.
Tipsarević made it to the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup by defeating Steve Darcis of Belgium, 6–4, 6–2 . In the quarterfinals, he saved four match points in the second set to beat Björn Phau, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4. In the semifinals, he defeated Thomaz Bellucci in another hard-fought three-set victory, 6–4, 2–6, 6–4, to reach his first clay-court final. In the final, he defeated Juan Mónaco, 6–4, 5–7, 6–3, for his first title of 2012 (third in his career).
He continued his run of play in Gstaad. In the first round, he survived against Martin Fischer, 4–6, 7–6(1), 6–3. He continued his successful run in the tournament and reached the final. However, he lost the final to Thomaz Bellucci, 7–6, 4–6, 2–6.
At the US Open Tipsarevic successfully defended his points from the year before, reaching the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the second time in his career where he lost to David Ferrer 3–6, 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 6–7 after being up 4–1 and 0–30 on Ferrer's serve in the final set.
Tipsarević began his season by going one step better than the previous year to lift the 2013 Aircel Chennai Open title, defeating surprise finalist Roberto Bautista-Agut 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the final.
At the 2013 Australian Open he defeated Lleyton Hewitt, Lukáš Lacko and Julien Benneteau to reach a career high 4th round of that tournament. He lost to Nicolás Almagro after retiring due to a foot injury late in the 2nd set. In the French Open, he lost in the 3rd round to Mikhail Youzhny, in a match that was marred by an altercation with a fan.
Tipsarević has played Davis Cup every year since 2000. For FR Yugoslavia in 2001 and 2002, Serbia and Montenegro between 2003 and 2006 and currently represents Serbia in Serbia Davis Cup team (2007). In 2010, he was the hero in steering the Serbian team into their first historic Davis Cup final after prevailing over Radek Štěpánek, 6–0, 7–6, 6–4, to complete the 1–2 come from behind victory to help clinch the tie 3–2 over the Czech Republic. His record is 20–7 in singles and 5–1 in doubles. Once again, in 2013 he was the hero. His victory over Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the last tie, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6, completed the 1-2 come from behind victory against Canada to reach the second final for Serbia. Before the match against Canada Janko Tipsarevic together with Novak Djokovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Slobodan Zivojinovic received their Davis Cup Committment Award which is awarded to players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition.
Tipsarević was born in Belgrade, Serbia (then SFR Yugoslavia). His father, Pavle, is a professor, and his mother, Vesna, is a homemaker. He also has a younger brother, Veljko (Вељко). He finished high school and in 2006 completed his degree in Sports Management at the University of Belgrade.
Commentators and the press often mention his love of classic literature as something unusual for a high-level athlete. He has a quotation, tattooed in Japanese, from Dostoyevsky ("Beauty will save the world", from The Idiot) on his left arm. He also has a Japanese tattoo on his right arm, which represents the first two letters of the names of his father, his mother, his brother, and himself in katakana. According to US Open announcers Ted Robinson and John McEnroe, he also has a tattoo of a quote from Arthur Schopenhauer on his back.
He has been in a relationship with Biljana Šešević (Биљана Шешевић) since 2007, and they married on 4 July 2010. In his free time, he plays music as a DJ. They are expecting their first child.
He is also a fan of the football club FC Barcelona.
Masters 1000 finals
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|Runner-up||2012||Rome||Clay||Łukasz Kubot|| Marcel Granollers
ATP career finals
Singles: 11 (4–7)
|Runner-up||1.||25 October 2009||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Hard (i)||Mikhail Youzhny||7–6(7–5), 0–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||19 June 2010||UNICEF Open, Netherlands||Grass||Sergiy Stakhovsky||3–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||27 February 2011||International Tennis Championships, United States||Hard||Juan Martín del Potro||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||4.||18 June 2011||Aegon International, United Kingdom||Grass||Andreas Seppi||6–7(5–7), 6–3, 3–5 ret.|
|Winner||1.||2 October 2011||Malaysian Open, Malaysia||Hard (i)||Marcos Baghdatis||6–4, 7–5|
|Winner||2.||23 October 2011||Kremlin Cup, Russia||Hard (i)||Viktor Troicki||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||30 October 2011||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||Hard (i)||Marin Čilić||3–6, 6–3, 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||8 January 2012||Chennai Open, India||Hard||Milos Raonic||7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), 6–7(4–7)|
|Winner||3.||15 July 2012||Stuttgart Open, Germany||Clay||Juan Mónaco||6–4, 5–7, 6–3|
|Runner-up||7.||22 July 2012||Swiss Open, Switzerland||Clay||Thomaz Bellucci||7–6(8–6), 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||6 January 2013||Chennai Open, India||Hard||Roberto Bautista-Agut||3–6, 6–1, 6–3|
Doubles: 4 (1–3)
|Runner-up||1.||10 January 2010||Aircel Chennai Open, Chennai, India||Hard||Lu Yen-Hsun|| Marcel Granollers
|Runner-up||2.||24 October 2010||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard||Viktor Troicki|| Igor Kunitsyn
|Winner||1.||8 January 2012||Aircel Chennai Open, Chennai, India||Hard||Leander Paes|| Jonathan Erlich
|Runner-up||3.||20 May 2012||Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome, Italy||Clay||Łukasz Kubot|| Marcel Granollers
Team competition finals: 3 (3–0)
|Winner||1.||23 May 2009||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany||Clay|| Viktor Troicki
| Rainer Schüttler
|Winner||2.||3–5 December 2010||Davis Cup, Belgrade, Serbia||Hard (i)|| Novak Djokovic
| Gaël Monfils
|Winner||3.||21 May 2012||World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany||Clay|| Viktor Troicki
| Tomáš Berdych
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Finals||Did Not Qualify||RR||RR||DNQ||1–4|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||A||Not Held||2R||Not Held||3R||N. H.||3–2|
|Davis Cup team/singles||Z3||Z2||Z2||Z2||Z2||Z1||PO||PO||1R||1R||W||SF||QF||F||33–14|
|ATP Masters Series 1000|
|Year End Ranking||1078||636||203||141||116||138||64||52||49||38||49||9||9||36||
Doubles performance timeline