Full Name: Janko Tipsarević
Date of Birth: June 22nd, 1984
Place of Birth: Belgrade
Height: 5ft 10in
Turned Professional: 2002
Photo of Janko Tipsarević by Carine06
Janko Tipsarević is currently ranked number nine in the world. He has won four ATP World Tour titles, two Futures and nine tournaments in the ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarević has twice beaten the World number 1 Novak Djokovic and has numerous victories over other top ten players. He reached the quarter-finals at the US Open in 2011 and 2012 and has made it to the fourth round of all four Grand Slam events.
Tipsarević won the 2001 Australian Open Boys' Singles title and twice reached the quarter-final of the junior French Open. He won his first career Futures title in Belgrade in the same year and added a second in Mexico in 2002. Victory in his first ATP Challenger Series tournament in Germany followed and he made his Grand Slam debut in the US Open as a qualifier. Tipsarević reached the top 100 for the first time in 2005, reaching the second rounds of the Australian and French Opens. He also progressed to the third round of Wimbledon, beating Tommy Haas and Yen-Hsun Lu. He won four Challenger titles and reached the quarter-finals of the Nottingham Open on the ATP Tour.
Tipsarević played full-time on the ATP Tour from 2007, reaching the third round of the French Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon. His performance was particularly noteworthy as he won three consecutive five set matches, the first time this had been done since 1974. This performance took him into the top 50 for the first time. In the 2008 Australian Open, Tipsarević took Roger Federer to five sets in the third round, eventually losing 7–6, 6–7, 7–5, 1–6, 8–10. At Wimbledon, he defeated the number six seed Andy Roddick and made it to the fourth round.
In 2009, he reached his first ATP final in the Kremlin Cup before losing to Mikhail Youzhny and reached the semi-final in the Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy, losing to Jürgen Melzer. In 2010, he defeated Andy Murray in Dubai and reached his second ATP Tour-level final at the 2010 UNICEF Open. Once again, he fell at the final hurdle, this time losing to Sergiy Stakhovsky. Another victory over Roddick at the 2010 US Open saw him reach the third round for the first time in the event.
Tipsarević reached another final at Delray Beach in 2011 and the semi-final of the Rogers Cup, his first Masters series semi-final. At the US Open, he reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final before having to retire against Djokovic. He finally won his first tour title at the 2011 Proton Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, beating Marcos Baghdatis, 6–4, 7–5 in the final. He added a second title shortly afterwards at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, beating his compatriot Viktor Troicki, 6–4, 6–2. He ended his season with a famous victory over Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Final and with a career-best ranking of number nine.
Tipsarević was beaten in the final of the 2012 ATP Aircel Chennai Open before losing in the third round at the Australian Open. He reached the semi-finals of the Madrid Open before losing to Federer in straight sets and the fourth round of the French Open. After a third round defeat at Wimbledon, he secured his first title of the year in the Mercedes Cup, beating Juan Mónaco in the final. He reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, losing to David Ferrer after squandering a 4-1 lead in the final set. Tipsarević started 2013 by winning the Aircel Chennai Open title, defeating Roberto Bautista-Agut 3–6, 6–1, 6–3 in the final. He then reached a career-best fourth round at the Australian Open with victories over Lleyton Hewitt, Lukáš Lacko and Julien Benneteau. A foot injury caused him to retire during his match with Nicolas Almagro.