Drama: Janko “Tipsy” Tipsarevic Tips Serbia Into First Davis Cup Final
It played out like a scripted drama scene.
Oakley’s Janko Tipsarevic emerged victorious over the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek on Sunday, sending the Serbian team into their first-ever Davis Cup Final with an emotional 3-2 win.
The partisan crowd obviously favored the home team in Belgrade – and it absolutely erupted after Tipsarevic’s 6-0, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory to advance his team. It all came on the heels of Novak Djokovic’s tie during a best-of-five match at 2-2, as he topped Tomas Berdych, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 after a dramatic match of his own – where injuries and glorious recoveries had the crowd gasping and cheering uncontrollably.
The second that Janko sealed the win for this team, the Serbian players charged into each other’s arms for a well-earned celebration. The moment was huge – marking the biggest accomplishment in Serbian tennis history alongside Djokovic’s Australian Open title of 2008 and Ana Ivanovic’s French Open title that same year. And one of the most emotional wins of Janko’s career.
“For sure, definitely the biggest Davis Cup time in my life – and maybe the biggest victory of my career,” he said following the match, sporting his custom-made Serbian Flak Jackets (prescription). “I’m just so happy that for once, I played the part of being – let’s say – a small hero.”
The Serbs’ victory confirms the venue for the final, which will be the Belgrade Arena. The venue was already reserved for a home final in case Serbia and France advanced to vie for the Cup. And it happened.
The stage is now set for what’s looking to be one of the most raucous Davis Cup Finals, ever. And Janko will be looking to ride his momentum to another valiant showing for his home nation.