Janko Tipsarevic on The Verge of Retirement Stuns Fabio Fognini at Intrum Stockholm Open 2019

Published 10/17/2019, 3:11 PM EDT
Janko Tipsarevic


A memorable match for the Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic as he pulled off an upset at Intrum Stockholm Open 2019, Sweden by toppling the top-seed, Fabio Fognini and postponed his retirement from tennis.

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Tipsarevic blew up the Nitto ATP Finals 2019 contender, Fognini in 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes of time. “In one word, it’s unexpected,” Tipsarevic mentioned. “I will tell you that. First of all, I barely got in. I didn’t realize I’d play this week and beating a Top 10 player 1 & 1, makes me incredibly happy and proud. I didn’t give him an opportunity to get back into the match,” Janko Tipsarevic said.

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On Thursday, the Serbian just dropped a service game and whereas the Italian, Fognini couldn’t keep a track of his service games. Previously, the former World Number eight, Tipsarevic defeated Corentin Moutet in the first round of Stockholm.

In the month of August, Tipsarevic announced his retirement from tennis and his last tennis tournament will be Davis Cup Finals 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

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Presently, Fognini is in 11th in the race ATP Finals in London and also he was a 2017-18 semi-finalist in Stockholm. This year, Fognini had his personal best season as he dethroned the defending champion, Rafael Nadal at Monte-Carlo Masters 2019 and later went on to become the champion.

Tipsarevic will now play Japanese lucky loser Yuichi Sugita in the quarterfinals of Stockholm, who defeated Stefano Travaglia of Italy 7-6(6), 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes. “Tomorrow, will be extremely tricky against Sugita and it will be a baseline battle,” Tipsarevic said.

At the European Open in Belgium, Andy Murray defeated the eight seed, Pablo Cuevas in straight sets and reached the quarterfinals of the tournament. In the last-eight round, he will play the qualifier, Marius Copil. Murray did not drop a single service game against Cuevas in Antwerp, Belgium.

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