Janko Tipsarevic: 'I want to retire alongside Novak Djokovic and teammates'


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Janko Tipsarevic: 'I want to retire alongside Novak Djokovic and teammates'

Former world no. 8 and Grand Slam quarter-finalist Janko Tipsarevic has decided to end his tennis journey at the Davis Cup Finals in November, trying to win the second crown with Serbia after that historic one in 2010. In the last couple of years, Tipsarevic has experienced a lot of problems and injuries, overcoming all that and trying to make another push that would return him into the top-100.

That wasn't possible despite his efforts and the Serb will switch focus to his Academy in Belgrade and other stuff related to tennis, eager to share his vast experience of a former junior no. 1 and someone who has been on the Tour for almost two decades.

The Davis Cup Commitment Award winner has played 59 rubbers for his country between 2000-2016, always giving his best under the colors of the national jersey and wanting more of the same in Madrid alongside Novak Djokovic who has changed his mind about playing the Davis Cup Finals to spend more time on the court with his great friend.

"That was definitely the biggest professional happiness that I felt in my life," Tipsarevic said. "It would have to be one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of my career. "I am retiring after the Davis Cup Madrid Finals.

I wanted to play until the end of the year and Davis Cup is my favorite competition and the tournament at which I have played my best tennis. I think it will be easier to retire there when I'm around my closest personal friends.

I envisage it being easier with us all together, and then we are all going on holiday together afterward. It will be awesome doing it that way rather than losing at some tournament and just saying 'bye' If all the top players are playing, and from what I've heard they will be, then that is a very scary group.

I think there is one group which is tougher – Croatia, Spain and Russia – but I expect ours to be the second toughest. By playing best of three sets, it is way easier to beat a dominant player than over five sets, so perhaps that will have an impact.

I don't think a tremendous amount will change in terms of a player's mentality and how they approach the Finals. That said, I think players will be under less pressure than before. If you were playing a home tie in front of 15,000 or 20,000 fans and you are expected to win, the amount of pressure is incredible.

Now you might be playing in front of a full arena of people who just love tennis. The pressure will be less. I'm looking forward to the experience. I previously played the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf and that was one week, nations playing matches all the time and everybody having fun.

I really enjoyed it. The format by itself is good, even though, despite what I said about there being less pressure, you might lose a bit with not having a home crowd. But to give a real opinion, I need to experience it."