US OPEN 2012
Tipsarevic Returns To New York QFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic reached the US Open quarter-finals for the second year in a row after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2 on Wednesday in their rain-delayed clash at Flushing Meadows.
The match resumed at 5-2 in the first set, having been rained off the night before. Tipsarevic closed out the opener and served for the second set. Kohlschreiber fought back to force a tie-break, but his Serbian opponent regrouped to take a two-set lead. He then broke serve twice to claim victory in two hours and 23 minutes.
"I played well, but I'm extremely happy how I managed to play good on key and important moments in all three sets," said Tipsarevic. "I think this was the main difference. All three sets were, even though the score doesn't show it, really, really tight."
The 28-year-old Tipsarevic reached the quarter-finals in New York last year, falling to Novak Djokovic. It was his best Grand Slam performance to date. He has compiled a 48-18 match record this season, highlighted by winning the MercedesCup trophy in Stuttgart (d. Monaco) and reaching the finals in Chennai (l. to Raonic) and Gstaad (l. to Bellucci).
The right-hander will face fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in the semi-finals. Ferrer leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1, though this will be their first match since a straight-sets win for Tipsarevic at the Beijing Olympics four years ago.
"It's going to be a very difficult battle," said Tipsarevic. "David is an established Top 5 player, probably way more underestimated and people are not giving him enough credit for the achievements he has made in his career. It's going to be a really, really difficult battle, because both of us are groundstroke players."