Janko Tipsarevic spoke about what makes his compatriot Novak Djokovic special. Tipsarevic is playing the last tournament of his career at the Davis Cup Finals this week in Madrid. He said: "I think Novak is, as you've pointed out, beyond sports.
Serbia is a country that's had its political difficulties over the period of the last 15-20 years. So something that people were cherishing and looking forward to was the accolades and good performances of our athletes.
And Novak by himself, as a single entity, has obviously brought and is still bringing incredible joy to an everyday Serbian person. So I think he, by himself, as I pointed out, as a single entity, is beyond sport." Tipsarevic also spoke about the unique thing of the Davis Cup format: "It's a weird feeling that every single game counts in a hypothetical dead rubber because Serbia has already won.
I personally like it, that every single, not only set... but later on tomorrow, once we finish with France, every single set or game will be counting towards who is going or progressing to the next round. As for the emotions, they didn't catch me yet.
I'm still not having the emotions of trying to realize that this is my actual last professional competition. I am hoping that there will be more matches to come. Serbia has a good team, with a great captain, and we can again hypothetically go all the way.
So, I'm trying, everyone thought, you know, from time to time emotions hit me on the court, I'm trying to just block them and focus on the things that the coach or the captain at this moment is telling us to do."