Janko Breaks New Ground In LA

Janko Tipsarevic at Farmers Classic 2010

After a slow start to the 2010 ATP season, Janko Tipsarevic seems to be hitting just the right stride for the US Open, which starts at the end of this month. And things got off to a great start with Janko’s first semifinal of the hard court season at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles.

Tipsarevic has seen his first serve really take shape this week with bombs dropping at 128mph, not bad for 5’11” player. Match that with a game changing forward and ridiculously consistent backhand, and you have a recipe for a top 20 player on tour.

This recipe took Janko into the semifinals of the Farmers Classic where he met the reigning champion, big serving Sam Querry. The match was seesaw battles from the get go with no breaking serve until the final and third set. Janko capitalized on some mistakes by Sam in set one, including squashing four set points for Sam. But Sam returned the favor by taking advantage of Tipsarevic’s mistakes in tiebreaker number two by running off the last six points from a 1-5 deficit.

Leading us into a hard fought third and final set, where Janko broke first and looked to have a run away route to the finals. But it was not to be, whether he ran out of steam or just plan felt the pressure, Janko fell apart and would lose the final set 4-6. It was a tough lose to swallow, but he took it well with the following post today on Twitter, “I was right, sweating and winning a practice match here in Washington made me forget about the lost. New day, new week, new tournament… Lets go!”

Look for Tipsarevic to play very strong this week in Washington, D.C.