It seems that Kader Nouni has been known for bad calls long before the Isner/Nalbandian debacle at this year’s Australian Open. Check out Tipsarevic’s “understated” reaction to an overrule by Nouni during a match at Wimbledon 2008.
Look who made it to the WTF’s! WTF, indeed, huh? If someone told you at the beginning of the year that our little Janko would play in the World Tour Finals, most of you would probably have choked on your disgust. He is a divisive character, but you cannot deny the results that he has had on court.
And while it’s sad that Muzz can’t try to get the monkey off his back by not choking before his home crowd, Tipsy is sure to add some much needed spice to the otherwise blah proceedings. Who else on tour loves to perform on a big stage in a big match as the underdog? He could very well prove the spoil sport. And he sure sounds like he’s ready.
Whatever Janko, you know you got Tomas’ number. Nole, well, yeah…not so much. Meh. AJDE!
(Pic via Getty Images, Video via ATP World Tour)
A couple months ago, Tipsarevic was the highest ranked player without a title. And he was mercilessly ridiculed for it. He was labeled a choker, a headcase, a “big match” player who would never be able to string the wins together to win a title. And everyone wore the “I have as many titles as Janko” joke into the ground.
Well, who’s laughing now, bitches! After popping his title cherry at Kuala Lumpur (d. Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5), Tipsy added to his trophy collection today by defeating his buddy Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Who would have thought that our little sighing Janko would win two titles so quickly, AND in straight sets?
Even these two did not quite believe it. Yep, that’s your name, son
And in other trophy news, Gael Monfils won Dancing with the Stars, and took home the world famous mirrorball trophy.
Heh, that is he won the Stockholm Open over Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Oh those Swedes, what else can you expect from the land that brought us ABBA.
(Pics via Getty Images)
Dudi Sela showed off his enormous…head racquet, among his other assests, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. I always considered Dudi adorkable, but who knew he was friggin ripped? Damn, son…
Sela is just the latest player following the hottest trend in the ATP: stripping down to yo skivvies for the cameras.
Janko Tipsarevic recently posed in an ad campaign for Extreme Intimo
And of course we have all seen Rafa’s numerous ads for Armani underwear
Be sure to give it up to the one who started the craze: who else, Fernando Verdsaco in an ad for Calvin Klein underwear
I don’t know about you, but I hope that this is a trend that never goes out of style.
(Pics via @tennisromi on twitter, Extreme Intimo, Armani, and Calvein Klein)
Love him, hate him, or love to hate him, Janko Tipsarevic is clearly having the best year of his career. His detractors have long derided him for not having a title, and labeled him a “big match player”, but not someone who could mentally come through in successive matches to win a title. His past performances in tournaments, and especially in finals, seemed to prove the haters right. And for his fans, well, they had to express their sadness and disappointment with many a #jankosigh.
But after finally winning a title today at the Malaysian Open (d. Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5), there is nothing for Janko to sigh about any more. Does this mean that it is time to officially retire the beloved #jankosigh hashtag? I mean, we could replace it with #jankosmooch, but that does not really have a ring to it. Hmmm…
How about #jankoschwing? Yes, I think that will do quite nicely.
Hope you are getting drunk and dancing away to house music somewhere in Asia, Tipsy. A little celebration is much deserved.
And for those of you who cannot quite believe that Tipsarevic did indeed win a title, or for those of you who want to relive the moment, check out the video below:
(Pics via AP & Getty Images; Video via WinnieLSS)
Davis Cup is great for many reasons: bringing the team dynamic to an individual sport, the honor of playing for your country, and, of course, thunderstix. But the best thing about DC by far is the pictures from the many draw ceremonies. All our favorite players together in matching outfits smiling and giggling? Epic win!
Smiling, shaking hands, posing adorably?! I mean…come on!
Of course, Vik isn’t quite down with the smiling and giggling. Does anyone else do bitch face better?
Bahahahahhahaha (he’s short)
*meow* indeed, Delpo
(Pics via Getty Images)
At Tipsarevic’s post-match press conference last night, Ben Rothenberg (@DailyForehand) for SB Nation asked Janko about the picture he posted on facebook pointing the gun at Novak. Tipsarevic straightforwardly answered that it was a bad joke, he took it down the next day, and he called both Rafa and Novak to apologize, and he takes full responsibility for the incident.
Can we all just chalk this incident up to a lesson learned about social media and move on?
Huge props to Ben for having the cajones to ask Janko about this after his tough loss to Monfils.
Here is video of Tipsarevic’s full post-match quarterfinal press conference:
(Video via Racquet Required)
In Tipsarevic’s 1st match at Legg Mason on Thursday, Janko was having one of those days where every shot, no matter how implausiable, just seemed. to find its mark, while his opponent, Berrer, could not put a stop to his endless stream of errors.
Not that every shot that Berrer hit was bad. More like every other shot. He would shank a shot long, he a manage to win a point, and screw up the next, as you can see here:
Tipsarevic, on the other hand, was relentless in his ability to hit one solid shot after another. When Janko plays well, he is simply one of the best ball strikers in the game
Janko went on after his win against Berrer to score another impressive win, dismissing Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. Tipsarevic has recently surged into the top 30, reaching a career high of 23 (currently 25). If he can keep this level up, he may crack the top 20 soon.
And we will be hearing a lot more of “game, set, match, Tipsarevic.”
(Picture and videos via Racquet Required)
Of all the players on the ATP Tour without a title, Tipsarevic is arguably the most talented, the most overdue, and the most cursed. Eastbourne seemed to be the perfect opportunity for Janko to grab his first trophy: all he had to do was beat Nishikori and Seppi in succession, two players he had never lost to (3-0 against both).
Tipsarevic completed part one of the task with ease, defeating Nishikori 6-2, 6-4. Seppi proved to be more of a challenge. After trading breaks early on, Seppi won the 1st set tiebreak 7-5. Janko was able to come back and take the 2nd set 6-3. Well into the 3rd set, Tipsarevic asked them to call the match for darkenss because he could not see and the grass was slippery. The tournament officials told him they would continue play. And then he slipped and injured himself in the next game and had to retire from the match.
Not only did Tipsarevic lose the final, but now his Wimbledon may be in jeopardy because of this injury. Needless to say, Janko was upset with the tournament:
If you look at all the facts what happened and what happened in the previous days, it’s just a complete mockery of tennis. It has nothing to do with Great Britain or England or the tournament. I love playing here for one reason: Because in this country and in these tournaments, you need to follow rules, which are really, really strict.
And today, those rules were just like, Yeah, okay. Let’s just finish and let’s go fast. Wimbledon starts next Monday
After that — we continued playing 4-3, 8:15. I asked, Can we stop now?
No, we cannot.
The court is fine and we have enough light.
I slip, I break my leg, whatever. The court is slippery, there is not enough light. The freaking scoreboard is shining. It’s shining, which means that there is not enough light outside.
No, we play. We play.
Yet another tough break for Tipsarevic. The tournament officials at Eastbourne were clearly anxious to get the final played before Wimbledon, but they did so at the cost of injuring a finalist. Let’s just hope that Janko can recover in time to compete at Wimbledon and that his elusive maiden title will not continue evade for long.
(Pic via AP; thanks to Forty Deuce for sharing the link to the tournament transcripts)