After a couple of terrible years plagued with injuries and setbacks, a former world no. 8 Janko Tipsarevic had decided to end his career at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November, competing with his teammates one more time.
The 35-year-old played a couple of matches with Viktor Troicki against Japan and France and had the opportunity to spend more time with his close friend Novak Djokovic who had decided to play in Madrid and support Janko one more time.
While being away from the court, Tipsarevic opened his Academy in Belgrade, making the first steps abroad as well and gathering many notable tennis names to practice in Serbia over the season. Alongside his Academy, Janko will work with Filip Krajinovic in 2020, sharing his knowledge and experience with a compatriot and trying to help him achieve higher goals in a career.
Guesting at the Serbian talk show, Janko was asked about the greatest player of all time and his pick was Novak Djokovic, putting a close friend over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and saying he can't be objective over that subject.
Janko also thinks tennis will struggle once the 'Big 3' retire, as the future stars have to work very hard to at least start repeating everything they have done so far. "Novak is the best player of all time, he was the dominant figure in the previous decade.
At the moment, Roger and Rafa have more Majors and Novak would have to pass them both to be recognized internationally, but for me, he is already at the top. I had played against all of them and Novak is the best when we compare their A-game.
In the next three or four years, Novak should pass Roger and Rafa in all statistic elements and deserve GOAT title. When they retire, tennis will struggle to keep the current number of fans until Tsitsipas, Zverev and others reach that level and become stars themselves.
The problem for them is they have to win at least ten Majors to go into the same sentence with Djokovic, Federer and Nadal, as they achieved some incredible things over the last 15 years. On the other side, they have proved to the upcoming youngsters that it is possible to reach that hight, just as those three showed it is possible to match Pete Sampras' record. Still, tennis should experience a dark period when Federer, Djokovic and Nadal retire."