Posted on January 19, 2008


Tennis world number one Roger Federer narrowly survived a huge upset in the third round of the Australian Open by gutsy Serbian player, Janko Tipsarevic, by prevailing 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-1 10-8.

The four and a half hour epic struggle saw both men displaying booming serves, spectacular exchanges while refusing to let up. Federer looked in danger of being the latest seeded player to exit prematurely, after a day that saw Fernando Gonzalez and Svetlana Kuznetsova losing to lower-ranked players. But in the end, Tipsarevic fell short by just a little, succumbing to an error-strewn but cool-headed Federer, who finally prevailed.

However, Tipsarevic has established himself as the next star to watch by playing with such intelligence, self-belief and determination. He’s another product of the new tennis powerhouse, Serbia, part of the wave of young and talented players like Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic.

I need to lie down after the all the drama and staying up into the wee hours to see the match through.