• Tipsarevic bids for first ATP title against Baghdatis

    10/1/11 9:20 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tipsarevic bids for first ATP title against Baghdatis Janko Tipsarevic and Marcos Baghdatis will battle in Sunday's Kuala Lumpur final. Tipsarevic is in search of his first ATP title while Baghdatis seeks his fifth.

    While Andy Murray is known as the best current player without a major, Janko Tipsarevic may be enduring an even more painful stigma--the best player never to win a single ATP title of any kind.

    Tipsarevic, though, has his fifth chance to end the drought when he takes the court for the final of the Malaysian Open on Sunday. Standing in Tipsarevic's way is wild card entry Marcos Baghdatis.

    Baghdatis and Tipsarevic have faced each other on three previous occasions--all on hard courts--with Baghdatis leading the head-to-head series 2-1. A pair of indoor encounters in the mid-2000s went Baghdatis' way, but Tipsarevic won their most recent meeting 6-3, 7-5 last summer in Los Angeles.

    To say the time is right for Tipsarevic to finally get over the hump would be an understatement. The 17th-ranked Serb is in the midst of his best season on tour and he is on the brink of surpassing his career-high mark of No. 13 in the world. Tipsarevic, a recent U.S. Open quarterfinalist, is an incredible 43-20 on the year following wins this week over Flavio Cipolla, Nikolay Davydenko, and Kei Nishikori.

    Baghdatis has not enjoyed the same consistency, but he could be finding his form just in time to deny Tipsarevic. Although the 60th-ranked Cypriot went just 4-6 during the U.S. Open Series, that slump appears to be a thing of the past. Baghdatis played decent tennis last week in Metz and now boasts Kuala Lumpur victories over Alex Bogomolov, Somdev Devvarman, Jugen Melzer, and Viktor Troicki--all in straight sets.

    This will be a flat-hitting, baseline battle at its finest. Tipsarevic is a clear favorite on paper, but Baghdatis is a streaky player who is hard to beat when confident and he lost a mere four games against Troicki on Saturday. If--and only if--Tipsarevic can handle the pressure of yet another golden chance at a title, look for the No. 3 seed to prevail in three sets.

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Go Tipsy! You deserve ATP title!

atg , 10/1/11 9:52 PM

There you go. :) Trophy time for Tipsy.

smr , 10/2/11 12:51 PM

Cangrats Janko! Long overdue ;)

danica , 10/2/11 1:31 PM

Congrats to Tipsy, first ATP title, more will come his way for sure. At least this final is more competitive, unlike the Murray/Young one at Bangkok.

luckystar , 10/2/11 1:45 PM

Bravo Janko... well done and well deserved.... nice motivation for rest of season :)

zare , 10/2/11 2:26 PM

Congratulations to Tipsy on the win! He had been playing some exceptional tennis of late and this is well deserved!

Nativenewyorker , 10/2/11 9:39 PM

Congrats Tipsy! Job well done! Keep it going.

pro59 , 10/3/11 8:46 AM

Congratulations. It's always good for the sport to have new players winning tournaments.

bleck , 10/3/11 2:39 PM

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