• Monaco goes for Mercedes Cup title vs. Tipsarevic

    7/15/12 3:09 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Monaco goes for Mercedes Cup title vs. Tipsarevic The Stuttgart title will be on the line when Juan Monaco battles Janko Tipsarevic on Sunday. Monaco is looking for his third ATP title of 2012.

    Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic will be squaring off for the fourth time in their careers when they meet in the Mercedes Cup final on Sunday afternoon.

    Monaco leads the head-to-head series 2-1, including 2-0 on clay. He prevailed 6-4, 7-6(8) three years ago at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf before rolling 6-2, 6-4 last season in Hamburg. Tipsarevic's lone win came via retirement after he won the first set last year in a Davis Cup semifinal rubber.

    Both players had to work to reach the title match. Tipsarevic, Stuttgart's No. 1 seed, cruised past Steve Darcis before outlasting Bjorn Phau 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 6-4 and surviving Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Monaco rolled over Tobias Kamke and Pavol Cervenak but just barely held off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the semifinals.

    Tipsarevic is now 35-14 for his 2012 campaign, which includes a runner-up finish in Chennai. Monaco is 26-9 for the season and he is already seeking his third title. The 14th-ranked Argentine previously triumphed in Vina Del Mar and Houston.

    "It's a great final for the spectators," Monaco assessed. "Everyone is happy here. It will be a difficult final. Janko is a great player. This year he's playing really well. But I like to play on clay so much. It will be a tough match and we'll see how it goes."

    Tipsarevic may be a slight favorite on paper, but the eighth-ranked Serb has been playing with fire this week and the surface favors Monaco. Look for Monaco to emerge victorious after three sets.

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Wrong title Ricky :). It should be "Tipsarevic goes for Mercedes Cup title vs. Monaco" even though you favor Monaco. Tipsy is the numero uno seed ;).

danica , 7/15/12 3:16 PM

Ergo, Tipsarevic won ;)
Great job Janko, you should've done it in two sets, whatever happened in that set #2?! ;)

danica , 7/15/12 7:57 PM

Well... nice gift for Biljana...
Bravo Tipsy... just continue...London is waiting :))

zare , 7/15/12 10:12 PM

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