Janko Tipsarevic is putting together another fine US Open run. Last year, the likeable little man with a big man’s game, upset Andy Roddick to reach the third round. Today, Janko has gone one better earning a berth into the fourth round when Tomas Berdych retired because of a shoulder injury.
Tipsarevic is currently ranked a career-high No. 20, a ranking he’s achieved with a little attitude adjustment.
“I just feel that my attitude, which is the main thing, off court and on court is different this year,” he said. “Apart from this year I was always playing the sport just to enjoy the time being on tour winning points, winning money and all that. But this year I just set up my goal to be top 20 at the end of the year. Things are starting to come around. You know, I was obviously lucky today because Tomas retired, but, you know, even if he didn’t, I still feel that I had a chance to win, you know. But, yeah, again, I’m not saying that this is my time. I’m just saying that I’m playing well. I’m fit, I’m healthy, and I’m ready too all the way.”
And Tipsarevic credits his newfound success to watching his countrymen Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki do so well. At 27, Tipsarevic knows the clock is ticking but he still has his sights set on being part of the Top 20 and ultimately the Top 10.
“You see Novak doing so well,” said Tipsarevic. “You see Viktor being in the springtime so close to be top 10. I guess I was kind of sick being all the time around 30 or 40. I am not getting any younger. I’m not old but I’m not young. I see guys from my generation like Soderling or Simon had their, if I can say dreams come true winning tournaments being top 10. I feel that I have the quality. It’s just the thing is that my head was not there in the previous years, you know. You know, the goal this year, you know, is to be top 20 and then maybe next year to hopefully attack top 10.”
This season Janko has been a finalist Delray Beach (l. Juan Martin del Potro) and Eastbourne (l. Andreas Seppi). He has also reached semifinals at Chennai (l. Xavier Malisse), Belgrade (l. Djokovic) and Montreal (l. Mardy Fish).
Tipsarevic will play former US Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero on Monday.
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