Kremlin Cup 2011; Tipsarevic The Winner All Serbian Final

Janko Tipsarevic

Janko Tipsarevic finally won the all Serbian final at the Kremlin Cup tournament of 2011. The top seed, beat another Serbian Victor Troicki in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The no. 14 Word Tipsarevic takes 1 hour and 29 minutes to beat the second seeded Viktor Troicki.

Following the trophy ceremony, Tipsarevic and Troicki attended a rare joint press conference. “It was really tough,” Tipsarevic said. “We were both tight. You could cut the tension with a knife. It was like a nightmare to play against your friend.”

“This was the first time we had an All-Serbian final, ATP or WTA, so it was a bit strange at the beginning for both of us,” stated Troicki. “Janko deserved to win, he was the better player today. We both played pretty good but he was more aggressive.”

This is the second ATP World Tour title after winning the Kuala Lumpur Open at October 2, 2011 beat Baghdatis 6-4, 7-5.

“Kuala Lumpur was more emotional because it was my first ATP title but here I was more nervous as I was playing Viktor,” said Tipsarevic. “It was not a suprise that we played the final, as we were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds here.”

Viktor Troicki

With this defeat, Viktor fails to retain the title which he achieved last year. Troicki was bidding to repeat his performance last year in Moscow, when he claimed his first career title against Marcos Baghdatis. The World No. 16 dropped to a 1-4 mark in title matches. “I am glad I am back in good form after a difficult summer and Asian swing and hope I can continue like this until the end of the season,” Troicki said.

The Match

Tipsarevic broke to start the match, but Troicki levelled in the fourth game to even the first set at 2-2. After four straight holds, the second-seeded Troicki dropped serve in the ninth game and Tipsarevic subsequently served out the first set.

Troicki was immediately pressured to begin the second set, and saved three break points to hold for a 1-0 lead. But his countryman kept plugging away and finally converted a break of serve for a 3-2 lead on his seventh opportunity of the set. Tipsarevic secured an insurance break to move ahead 5-2, and served out the match to lock up the victory in one hour and 28 minutes.

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