Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, 35, was happy with the way his successful career came to an end on Friday at the Stockholm Open. Tipsarevic, ranked at No. 251 in the world, fought extremely hard against Yuichi Sugita but ultimately fell just short against the Japanese 6-2 4-6 7-6 (4) in the Stockholm quarterfinal.
After easily losing the first set, Tipsarevic lifted his game in the second set to force a decider. The Serb saved five match points on his serve in the 10th game od the third set and four more match points in the 12th game, before Sugita realized his 10th match point in the tie-break to book a semifinal place.
"This whole week was very unexpected. I was very close to not being in the main draw. Then I played some terrific tennis, beat two really good opponents,” Tipsarevic said in his on court interview, per Baseline. “As surprising as this may sound, if I were to choose one of the ways to finish my ATP career, it would be like this.
Leaving everything I have on court. And in the end, not being victorious." During his career, Tipsarevic won four ATP titles in singles, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world and helped Serbia win the 2010 Davis Cup title.