Janko Tipsarević is a Serbian tennis player. His career high is #20 as of Aug. 2011.

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In his career, he has won two Futures and nine tournaments from ATP Challenger Series. Tipsarevic has also won the 2001 Australian Open junior title. He is currently ranked No. 79 player on ATP singles rankings, and is the third highest ranked male Serbian tennis player, after Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki.

Tipsarevic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (then SFR Yugoslavia). His father, Pavle, is a professor; mother, Vesna, is a housewife. He has also a younger brother, Veljko. He finished high school and in 2006 completed university studies in Belgrade, studying Sports Management. His love of classic literature is often mentioned by commentators and the press 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 represent the first two letters of the names of his father, his mother, himself and his brother, 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.
Tipsarevic began playing at age six and in 1993, at age eight, started playing at New Belgrade Tennis Club with Russian coach Roman Savochkin.

As a junior, he won the 2001 Australian Open title in boys’ singles; reached the quarterfinals at the French Open; and finished No. 2 in the world junior rankings in 2001. The same year he made a debut on the Yugoslav Davis Cup team, winning three points against Poland. The following week, he won his first career Futures title in his home city of Belgrade. In 2002, he won his second futures title in Mexico.
After winning his first tournament from ATP Challenger Series in Germany, he made ATP debut at Indianapolis in 2003; after beating fellow Serb Nenad Zimonjić in the first round, he then lost in the second round to Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets. He also made his Grand Slam debut on U.S. Open as a qualifier; he lost to No. 20 seed, Mark Philippoussis in the first round. In 2004, as a qualifier, he made his first appearances at the French Open and Wimbledon, losing in the first round of each. Later that year, he won two challenger titles in singles and one in doubles.

Tipsarevic played in 15 ATP tournaments in 2005, and broke the top 100 for the first time. He also reached second rounds at Australian Open and French Open; he lost to Dominik Hrbatý on Australian Open, but he beat him on French Open. He also reached third round on Wimbledon Championships, beating Tommy Haas and Yen-Hsun Lu, he then lost to Thomas Johansson. In doubles, together with Jiří Vaněk, won Napoli Challenger title; and he also reached quarterfinals with Novak Djokovic in Croatia Open Umag and Vietnam Open, with Marcos Baghdatis.

He finished 2006 as a No. 2 Serbian tennis player, after Novak Djokovic, and for the first time in Top 100, at No. 65 ATP Ranking. He won four Challenger titles with a 31–8 record. On ATP Tour, he reached quarterfinals in Nottingham Open, after losing to Robin Söderling from Sweden. After he had won Zagreb Challenger title on May 2007, Tipsarevic has been playing full time on ATP Tour; reaching third round on French Open and a quarterfinals on Ordina Open. He has also reached his best Grand Slam performance so far by reaching the fourth round of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. He won his first three matches in five sets each, which marked the first time since 1974 that someone won 3 straight 5-set matches at Wimbledon. The win saw him rise to #48 in the world, his first time inside the top 50.
He stretched Roger Federer in the Third Round of the 2008 Australian Open, losing 7–6(5), 6–7(1), 7–5, 1–6, 8–10. Federer had never played a fifth set with eighteen games before. The match took 4 and a half hours. This effort to make the third round of the Australian Open 2008 made Tipsarevic’s ranking rise from 49 to a career high of 42.

At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Tipsarevic pulled off a second-round upset of sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick in four sets, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4). It was his fourth top 10 win. He followed that up with a 7-6(1), 7-6(3), 6-3 win over twenty-fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov to make his second straight Round of 16 at Wimbledon. He then lost his Fourth Round match against Rainer Schuettler, due to a leg injury.

Tipsarevic has a good record against highly-ranked players, but is occasionally criticized as being inconsistent and following up a big win with a surprising loss, a tendency which Tipsarevic acknowledges.

Janko Tipsarevic


Beauty will save the world

Date of Birth:
June 22, 1984
Belgrade, Serbia
Tecnifibre Racquet, Fila and Oakley

Career Highlights

    • 2001 Juniors Australian Open Champion
    • Made 4th Round of 2008 Wimbledon Championships
    • 14 Challenger & Future Titles
    • Over $2 Million USD Tour Earnings