Tipsarevic set for Finals debut
Originally published on: 30/11/11 16:28
One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure.
After waiting in the wings for the first three days of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Janko Tipsarevic will take the applause of over 16,000 fans inside the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon in place of the outgoing Andy Murray.
Though the Serb knew his chance to play would ultimately come at the expense of another, he was rightly delighted to have earned his place in the draw on the back of a season that has seen him lift the first and second titles of his career and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.
“I feel really happy,” said the Serb. “It’s never nice that you get an opportunity like this because of misfortune of other players but I’m aware that I deserve to be in the position that I am.
“I played some good tennis especially in the second part of the season and managed to finish in Paris as no.9 in the world which is a big accomplishment for me.”
Tipsarevic begins his campaign amongst the top eight players in the world in the afternoon session on Wednesday against Tomas Berdych, who beat him for the first time in five meetings at the BNP Paribas Masters two weeks ago.
“He played a great match in Paris,” condeded Tipsarevic. “It’s true that I have a positive score against him but I feel this is a completely different situation.
“Both of us are going to feel the pressure because we both feel that we could beat the other.”