Just Short: Janko Tipsarevic Finishes Runner-Up at Delray Beach Championships

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He blasted his way to the Finals. Then he came out of the gates blazing.

Oakley’s Serbian Tennis Star Janko Tipsarevic controlled the first set at the Delray Beach International Championship Finals this past week, but tough Argentine Juan Martin del Potro proved too much to handle as he topped Janko 6-4, 6-4 to take the contest.

Tipsy, as they call him, held a 4-1 lead early on. But Del Potro saved five break points in the 10th game of the opening set before converting on his third set point.

Janko pounded his way to three break points in the second set, but Del Potro remained strong and fought them off, saving 10 of 11 break points faced on serve during the one-hour, 54-minute match.

“I think the key was one of 11 break points and my first serve percentage was just horrible,” Janko said, rocking his prescription Flak Jacket eyewear. “All the factors were going my way today to win. He was playing every single match late at night with no wind, so he was not adapted to the weather. You could see that in the middle of the first set that he picked up, but it was a tough match. We played almost two hours, two sets, but I really didn’t use my chances.”

The momentum was just too much for Del Potro, who just returned from an injury and is making his charge back into the Top 100 (previous World No. 4).

“He’s a tough player, a tough competitor,” Janko continued. “He was out for long, which means he’s hungry to win tournaments and win matches.”

Tipsy was attempting to grab his first ATP World Tour title after runner-up finishes in 2009 at Moscow and last year in Hertogenbosch.

“It just didn’t go my way today. I think the tactic I had was too aggressive, probably because I was afraid that maybe if I start letting him play that we would dominate the court. I just didn’t execute well. The game plan I had was good. I just didn’t play good today.”

Congrats to Janko on his killer run into the Finals!

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

March 01, 2011

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