True grit

There isn’t a single issue Janko Tipsarevic (in pic) hasn’t talked about. Give the Serb a stage, and he is quick to hold the fort. Seldom does he shy away from even the most difficult and tricky questions. One of the fast improving players on the ATP circuit, Tipsarevic, who wears power goggles when he plays, was calm and composed at the media conference after his defeat of crowd favourite Carlos Moya in the first round. What did he feel when he took on the crowd favourite, was the question. The Serb replied he had no fear — that’s how players such as Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic play against established opponents. “If they have a chance, they’ll take it. No emotions,” he said.

Tipsarevic, ranked No. 38 in the world, believes talent will shine eventually. “I believe that even if Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s parents had been poor they would still have been the champions. Being a champion has got nothing to do with how much money you have,” he said.

Early in his career, Tipsarevic didn’t have the money to train abroad. He nevertheless stood firm despite the failure of the system in Serbia.

Compiled by K. Keerthivasan