Filip Krajinovic announces split with coach Janko Tipsarevic



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Filip Krajinovic announces split with coach Janko Tipsarevic

World No. 30 Filip Krajinovic has announced the end of his partnership with coach Janko Tipsarevic. Krajinovic, the 2017 Paris Masters runner-up, collaborated with former world No. 8 Tipsarevic for one year. "After one year, Janko Tipsarevic and I decided to end our collaboration," Krajinovic announced, per Jelena Medic.

Krajinovic, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 26 in the world in 2018, is coming off three consecutive losses. Krajinovic was performing well when the season restarted in the United States as he made the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal and round three at the US Open.

Krajinovic's losing streak started at the Rome Masters, where he was beaten by good friend Novak Djokovic in the round-of-16. The Serb then picked up back-to-back losses at the French Open and Cologne. At the Cincinnati Masters, Djokovic spoke extremely highly of Krajinovic in his interview to Sport Klub.

"In his case, the ceiling is as big as he believes in it. He has great potential, talent - that is not the case only now -- it has been like that for many years. We are very close privately, we have known each other for a long time and I tried to be a kind of mentor and advisor to him, to be his support.

It was because of such a close relationship that I had a greater insight into his game and way of thinking," Djokovic said at the time.

Djokovic was happy to see Krajinovic and Tipsarevic working together

"The decision to work with Janko is great, I am really glad that Janko accepted to travel with him - in order to accept such a project, those trips and time together are necessary.

That manifested itself in Filip's game last week, it's neither accidental nor unexpected, at least I'm not surprised. I know how dedicated Filip was in the past period of five or six months, he didn't rest much, but he trained and organized himself very well.

This is now being maintained in a positive sense," Djokovic said in early-September of the Krajinovic and Tipsarevic collaboration. After a strong Cincinnati run, Djokovic was optimistic Krajinovic would continue to perform at a high level.

"I repeat, the potential has always been there, now it is supported by physical endurance, strength and mobility on the field, as well as mental stability, which he probably lacked before. Now he has continuity in the game and the results, he is in the Top 30 for a reason, I think he can only go uphill from here," Djokovic added.