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Australian Open Diary: Tipsarevic Gets Behind The Camera

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Tipsarevic© Getty ImagesTipsarevic prevailed against Benneteau as both battled to earn an inaugural fourth round berth at the Australian Open

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at the Australian Open on the first Friday. 

Making History
By winning a tough five-setter against Julien Benneteau to book his first berth in the Australian Open fourth round, Janko Tipsarevic also became just the second Serbian man (after Novak Djokovic) to reach the round of 16 at all four major championships.

Instead of sitting down and drinking from a water bottle, the 28 year old walked into his press conference holding a video camera. He filmed the English questions - from his side of the table - for a Eurosport video blog.

“It's the first time in my career that I'm able to be in the second week of the Australian Open and I'm really thrilled for that,” said Tipsarevic, who was filming content for his show 'Tipsy Time'.

Watch Tipsarevic Interview

Read 'Janko's Transformation' In DEUCE

Boxers Man
“Boxers or briefs?” Marcos Baghdatis, the No. 28 seed, was asked in an interview on the Australian Open website. “What’s briefs?” he asked. Upon being told, the Cypriot said he is more of a boxers man.

Baghdatis lost to fourth seed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in the last match of the day, widening his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Spaniard to 4-1.

Stepanek Still Going Strong
At 34, Radek Stepanek is currently No. 34 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Having turned pro in 1996, he continues to play singles and doubles. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the third round Friday, he explained why he continues to compete in both forms of the game.

"I know what it takes,” he said. “I've been working very hard in the off-season because if you want to play both singles and doubles at a top level you have to be very well prepared physically. I'm always trying to find a balance, if I feel that it's too much then I skip some tournaments in doubles because my priority will always be singles. That's what Leander [Paes] knows and he never pushes me to go over the top. We have a great balance and understanding."

Stepanek and Paes, the 2012 doubles titlists, lost in the first round on Thursday.

Match Of The Day
Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam in a decade. He emerged triumphant from a five-set battle with 22nd seed Fernando Verdasco, in three hours and 46 minutes. It was his first victory over a seed at a major since the 2011 US Open.

"It was one of the most important matches of my life and hopefully I'll be able to reproduce more of those in the future,” said Anderson, who lifted his win-loss record to 5-5 in fifth-set deciders.

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Monfils Joins Unusual 20/20 Club
Gael Monfils’ second-round performance in his 7-6(5), 4-6, 0-6, 6-1, 8-6 win over Yen-Hsun Lu on Thursday had its peaks and valleys, and it showed on his serve. The Frenchman fired 29 aces, but also committed 23 double faults, marking just the ninth time a player has hit at least 20 aces and 20 double faults in the same match since the ATP World Tour began tracking match statistics in 1991. See who Monfils joined in the chart below…

Player Year & Tournament Aces DFs W/L?
Bryan Shelton 1994 Australian Open 20 20 L
Marc-Kevin Goellner 1995 Wimbledon 23 21 W
Marc Rosset 1995 Wimbledon 23 26 L
Marc-Kevin Goellner 1995 Wimbledon 32 20 L
Greg Rusedski 1997 Wimbledon 35 23 W
Marc-Kevin Goellner 1998 Wimbledon 35 22 W
Goran Ivanisevic 1998 Wimbledon 32 20 L
Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon 103 21 L
Gael Monfils 2013 Australian Open 29 23 W


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