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Janko Tipsarevic ©
7/15/12 1 2 3 Tot
rs  Janko Tipsarevic 6 5 6 2
ar  Juan Monaco 4 7 3 1
Juan Monaco ©
  • Tipsarevic beats Monaco to win Stuttgart title

    7/15/12 10:27 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Janko Tipsarevic gets the best of Juan Monaco in three sets on Sunday at the Mercedes Cup. It is the third career ATP title for Tipsarevic, and his first on clay.

    Janko Tipsarevic captured his third career ATP title and first of 2012 by defeating Juan Monaco 6-5, 5-7, 6-3 in the Mercedes Cup final on Sunday afternoon. Tipsarevic evened the head-to-head series with Monaco at 2-2 after two hours and 35 minutes of play.

    The top-seeded Serb started fast with a break in the opening game of the match and he had a golden chance to finish this one in routine fashion. In fact, Tipsarevic seized a commanding set and 4-0 lead only to stumble at the finish line. Monaco promptly won five games in a row then broke at 6-5 to steal the set and force a decider.

    Tipsarevic, however, finally steadied himself to regain control in the back-and-forth affair. Monaco dropped serve early in the third and this time there was no recovery for the 14th-ranked Argentine. Tipsarevic's seventh break of the day came at 5-3 to finish off the match in style.

    "I feel great," said Tipsarevic, who survived despite saving none of five break points against him. "I honestly still don’t believe I won the title, considering that in almost every match I was hanging to lose. There were a lot of ups and downs. I think my mental attitude was the key for me, fighting from the first to the very last point."

    "I never gave up and kept fighting," Monaco explained. "I had a few chances and got back into the match. In the final set he played better than me and really deserved to win. I tried my best, but today wasn't my day."

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