Kremlin Cup: Tennis Star Janko Tipsarevic Claims Second Tour Victory in Russia
Janko is officially on fire.
Oakley’s blooming Tennis Star claimed his second ATP World Tour victory this past weekend, topping his good friend and Serbian Countryman Viktor Troicki at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia – 6-4, 6-2.
After the tour’s first-ever all-Serbian final, Janko, who shot up to an ATP year-to-date No. 10 ranking following the victory, displayed understandably mixed emotions.
“It was really tough,” Janko said, sporting his Oakley Prescription/Transition Fast Jacket performance eyewear. “We were both tight. You could cut the tension with a knife. It was like a nightmare to play against your friend.”
Nonetheless, he employed the necessary aggressive play to emerge with the triumph – inching him closer to a potential qualification for London and the ATP World Tour Finals.
“Even if I say I don’t want to think about London, I knew it was a big opportunity for me,” he admitted. “Every single point counts for London now. It is going to be really hard but not impossible. If I don’t qualify for London, then my next goal would be to finish in the Top 10.”
Coming out of the gates blazing, Janko broke to begin the match – but Troicki stormed back in the fourth game to even the score at 2-2. After four holds, Troicki dropped serve in the ninth game and Janko cruised on to finish the set.
The second set had Troicki hold his ground after an onslaught from Janko – taking a 1-0 lead. But Oakley’s international standout eventually secured an insurance break to move ahead 5-2 – sailing on to the win from there after breaking Troicki’s serve twice.
With that, 46 wins on the year were in the bag.
“Kuala Lumpur was more emotional because it was my first ATP World Tour title, but here I was more nervous as I was playing Viktor,” Janko said, referring to his first-ever trophy and his friend, who claimed the Moscow victory last year. “It was not a surprise that we played the final, as we were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds here.”
Congratulations to Janko for the amazing win!