Not surprisingly, Janko Tipsarevic is backing his good friend Novak Djokovic. When asked about the recent rise of Roger Federer, Tipsarevic offered an explanation.
“I am not sure that Federer would stand a chance playing Novak from last year – I am not saying this because Nole is my friend, but because that is what I really think,” Tipsarevic said. “Secondly, I was told that this year was the fastest Australian Open ever, it was the first year in who knows how many that the courts weren’t resurfaced. If the court isn’t resurfaced, it gets faster every year. Also, the balls in Melbourne usually get bigger as the match progresses and this year they were getting smaller.”
Djokovic leads Federer 23-22 in their head-to-head. Novak won their only 2016 meeting at the Australian Open semifinals and also won in the finals of the 2015 ATP year-end event in London.
Due to a series of foot issues, Tipsarevic hasn’t been a factor on tour in over three years. But now 32, Tipsarevic has finally returned to the Top 100. A year ago he wasn’t even ranked! However, a hamstring injury has prevented him from playing in Davis Cup this weekend for Serbia.
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