"I'm not gonna write a heartbreaking speech (yet) where you will all cry since I have still some tennis left in me," Janko Tipsarevic had said on social media. It's been a 17-year adventure for Janko Tipsarevic, the player with the matching glasses and outfit.
But knowing when to leave is the best thing a player should know how to do. Tipsarevic, has had his share of ups. He's enjoyed a world No. 8 ranking seven years ago. He's won four ATP World Tour titles, one ATP doubles title, along with playing the ITF tour capturing three Futures and 15 Challengers.
It was his seven surgeries which were his downs, hampering his professional tennis career and his physical and emotional well being. By participating at the Stockholm Open he has designated this tournament to be the last, ending his resume-filled professional tennis career.
He was confident and so wanted to do good. "I felt like this was a match I needed to win...I was ready, and I was fit. Tipsarevic had his game 'on point' when he stepped onto Center Court feeling quite like the king.
He settled down in Stockholm to play Frenchman Corentin Moutet and was proud of his game. Tipsarevic had went up 5-1 attributing his blasting serves and Moutet's unforced errors to gaining a sweet lead and not for long grabbed the first set win 6-2.
The Frenchman led 2-1 in the second set. The two opponents had evened up in games many times but it was the Serb who crawled up with a 5-3 lead allowing his opponent to win only one more game to score a 6-4 win on his last tournament match in Sweden.
Janko Tipsarevic knows he has nothing to lose so putting his all out there could capture him the last title of his career.