Janko Tipsarevic: My Year-End Goal Is Top 20, Then Attack Top 10 Next Year
by Tom Gainey | September 3rd, 2011, 7:23 pm

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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11 Comments for Janko Tipsarevic: My Year-End Goal Is Top 20, Then Attack Top 10 Next Year

joji Says:

janko is a jerk; I cant tolerate watching him; he is a misogynist; arrogant prick; who tells everyone that he is an intelectual by inscribing a tattoo the name of a author of a novel that he read as a child. shhh…..

tune Says:

Hey Joji,

there is a name for a person like you….’douchebag’…

Why don’t you try to accomplish something for yourself?

joji Says:

Why cant you express your opinion without even called a name. I stand by my opinion. I do not have to tell you my accomplishment in life.

jane Says:

Another goal he said he had for this year was to win an ATP event. It hasn’t happened yet, but he’s been in two finals, which is good.

Dory Says:

Go Janko! Would be amazing to see your name alongside Novak in the top 5. You are a quality player. You just need to: 1. Not lose focus and concentration mid-way during a match and not choke. 2. Play more consistently by choosing the right (major) tournaments.

margot Says:

Dory, he just had a massive stroke of luck, though didn’t he? Poor old Big Bird, just not happening for him :(

blue Says:

people don’t know what janko did so far besides playing tennis. he won gs as a junior, was ranked number 2! amazing talent but also loves life. how many times i saw him in clubs in Belgrade or driving snowboard, which is kind of crazy, or dj-ing or something. he is a bohemian! but if he can get it together, i am sure he can be among top 10. best of luck jankela!

jane Says:

Very true, blue. Had no idea Tipsy won a slam as a junior!

margot, yeah, too bad about Berdy. I mean, I knew he had retired in Cincy, but given that he had demolished Fognini in has last match, including a double bagel, I thought he was in ominous form. Injuries can and do just flare up or get tweaked, though. Tipsy had just beaten Berdych in Canadian Masters; thus it is possible he would’ve won again, but the retirement affords him more of a “break” none the less.

Duro Says:

H2H against Berdy, 4-0 Janko! !? !? !?…

Eric Says:

Tipsy didn’t get lucky against Berdych with the retirement; he beat him fair and square, as they say. And like Berdych, Janko too had served up some bagels at this Open, including against Petzschner in the second round (a better player by far than Fognini, btw). Now if he can get past JCF I foresee an intriguing semifinal match! :)

And anyone who’s seen Tipsarevic play the last few years knows that he’s at least as good and talented as Almagro or Melzer – or, yes, Berdych – just to name some of the motley crew we’ve had in the top 10 this past year…

Danica Says:

Yes, Janko and Jelena both won the junior AO the same year. And Janko was #1 world junior. According to this article (bellow), he was world #1 in all junior divisions: 14 years, 16, 18. He is huge talent, just wasn’t into tennis THAT much. If I am not mistaken, the first two sets Novak and Janko played were arguably the best sets of the tournament.


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