Friday, December 30, 2011

Janko Tipsarević

Janko Tipsarević (born 22 June 1984) is a Serbian tennis player. His career-high ranking is No. 9, achieved on 14 November 2011. He is the 117th player in history to crack the top 10.

In his career, he has won two ATP tour championships, two Futures and nine tournaments in the ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarevic has also won the 2001 Australian Open Junior title.

Tipsarević has achieved one victory over a World No. 1 player, having defeated fellow compatriot Novak Djokovic. He also has eleven (11) victories against other players from the top 10, consisting of three wins against Tomáš Berdych, two against Andy Roddick, and one against Fernando González, Mikhail Youzhny, David Ferrer, James Blake, Gaël Monfils, and Andy Murray. He also has wins against former world no. 1 players, Carlos Moyá, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Arguably his most notable match to date was his third-round match at the 2008 Australian Open, where he lost to Roger Federer 6–7, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1, 10–8. He has also defeated former top-ten players Andy Roddick and Fernando González at Grand Slam level, and was a quarter-finalist at the 2011 US Open.

Personal Life
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. 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 Sesevic since 2007, and they married on July 4, 2010. In his free time he plays music as a DJ.

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