SERBIA OPEN 2011
Tipsarevic Gives Belgrade Fans A Scare
by ATP Staff|
Seventh-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic rallied from a set down to defeat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(0) to reach the second round of the Serbia Open 2011, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Belgrade.
The World No. 36, who is still looking for his first ATP World tour title, started slow by made an explosive finishing, winning all seven points of the third-set tie-break. Tipsarevic next faces German Mischa Zverev, who also needed three sets to beat Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 after saving 14 of 19 break points faced.
World No. 85 Blaz Kavcic enjoyed a winning start in his second appearance in Belgrade, defeating Germany’s 2010 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year Tobias Kamke, 7-6(0), 6-1.
The 24-year-old Slovenian, who lost in the first round (l. to Andreev) on his debut last year, converted four of 14 break point chances to clinch victory in one hour and 47 minutes. He improved to a 9-8 match record on the season, highlighted by reaching the quarter-finals in Chennai (l. to Berdych).
Belgrade native and ATP World Tour No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who won the inaugural Serbia Open two years ago, leads the 28-player field. Djokovic enters his first ATP World Tour clay court tournament of the season with a perfect 24-0 match record and four titles. Djokovic’s start is the best since Ivan Lendl opened the 1986 campaign with 29 consecutive matches. Countryman Viktor Troicki is the No. 2 seed followed by No. 3 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, No. 4 Albert Montanes of Spain.