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Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition despite taking two months off

Don't view my break as a lack of ambition… I still want to win more titles, warns Federer

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013

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18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013

Roger Federer’s back is creaking again and soon he will be taking nearly two months off, but the Wimbledon champion insists that neither of these factors should be seen as his ambition waning for more titles.

Once he is finished at this week’s $10 million BNP Paribas Open Federer will retreat until May for practice and family time, and byhis return he is unlikely to still be world No 2.

Andy Murray, who earlier this morning was due to face Taipei’s Yen Hsun Lu in the third round, is closing and could usurp the great Swiss if he were to significantly outperform him at this first Masters event of the season.

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Federer concedes that the forthcoming break will not help his ranking in the short term but believes it will make him more dangerous for the summer’s three Grand Slams: 'If you play well then you can manage your schedule, but with the rankings you do need to win the tournaments you actually play. I know when I’m playing well I always have a shot.

'My schedule is not in set in stone, maybe if I lost early here or won the tournament it could change my mindset but I doubt it because what I want to do is practise hard. I’m really eager for that because I haven’t been able to practise as much as I would have liked in the last two years.

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

'This year the priority is a big build up then coming back really strong for the Masters events in Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros.'

Federer’s back suffered one of its periodic tweaks during his third round victory over Ivan Dodig, but he feels he will be fine to face compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka today.

Victory in that could give him a much-anticipated clash with Rafael Nadal, but first the Spaniard has to overcome the season’s most improved player in Ernests Gulbis.

The colourful Latvian is very talented but has revelled in being an international playboy for the past three years. Now pledging to at least cut down on the drinking, smoking and carousing he has got himself fitter, and the result has been a 12-match winning streak.

Australian Open 2012: Novak Djokovic reached quarter-finals after beating Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets

Djokovic survives scare from Swiss No 2 Wawrinka as he comes through early morning marathon

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

14:43 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:07 GMT, 20 January 2013

It was 1.42am when we saw the shirt ripped off and Novak Djokovic reveal that increasingly familiar torso – the sight which says: ‘You just can’t beat me’.

Stanislas Wawrinka had played like a raging bull for five hours and two minutes, cutting and thrusting with a brutal forehand and elegant backhand. Still it was not enough to finish off a competitor whose spirit makes him stand alongside the greats of the game.

An astonishing half-volleyed paddle at a sharp angle delivered the final blow and Djokovic had made it into the last eight of the Australian Open with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 victory against the No 15 seed.

Time to relax: Novak Djokovic tweeted this picture of his post-match massage after seeing off Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic five-setter

Time to relax: Novak Djokovic tweeted this picture of his post-match massage after seeing off Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic five-setter

 Djokovic celebrated in his usual manner, ripping his shirt off after taking the fifth set 12-10

Winner: Djokovic celebrated in his usual manner, ripping his shirt off after taking the fifth set 12-10

It took until the early hours of the morning for Djokovic and Wawrinka to complete their five-set marathon

Tired: It took until the early hours of the morning for these two to complete their five-set marathon

Wawrinka won the fourth set tie-break and broke early in the second set, but Djokovic came back to win

Wawrinka won the fourth set tie-break and broke early in the second set, but Djokovic came back to win

So close: Wawrinka won the fourth set tie-break and broke early in the second set, but Djokovic came back to win

The Swiss had been given a fairly easy ride so far, but the World No 1 was always going to be a tough challenge

Shock to the system: The Swiss had been given a fairly easy ride so far, but the World No 1 was always going to be a tough challenge

January is not done, but already there
is a contender for match of the year and, unquestionably, the match of
the year’s first Grand Slam. The 25 year-old Serb is through to face
Tomas Berdych and how much of a toll this has taken remains to be seen.

Last year he managed to rebound from a
match of four hours, 50 minutes against Andy Murray in the last four to
overcome Rafael Nadal and win the final in five hours, 53 minutes. So
there is no reason for the 27-year-old Czech powerhouse to think that
some of the work has been done for him.

Murray’s effort in the US Open final,
when he emphatically put Djokovic away in the fifth set and caused him
to severely cramp, was left looking all the more impressive by the
Serb’s typical refusal to submit and the way his body held up.

The 25-year-old Scot was this morning
due to play Gilles Simon, who featured in another late-night epic on
Saturday against compatriot Gael Monfils, although that was not in the
same bracket of quality as this five- part drama.

Wawrinka, Switzerland’s eternal
bridesmaid to Roger Federer, did everything but win this match and again
showed that he is capable of causing extreme discomfort to the very
best players if they are slightly below their top level.

The Serb is attempting to win his third consecutive Australian Open, which no man has managed before

Big dreams: The Serb is attempting to win his third consecutive Australian Open, which no man has managed before

There were five deuces in Wawrinka's final service game, and the Swiss played a stunning final rally, but Djokovic was just too good

There were five deuces in Wawrinka's final service game, and the Swiss played a stunning final rally, but Djokovic was just too good

Shattered: There were five deuces in Wawrinka's final service game, and the Swiss played a stunning final rally, but Djokovic was just too good

Djokovic felt that his experience of
these situations was the difference. ‘In the end these kind of matches
help your confidence, they are what you live for and practise for,’ he
said.

‘I had a flashback of the 2012 finals.
I feel sorry that one of us had to lose, but I am just thrilled that I
was able to fight up until the last moment.’

That Wawrinka cannot quite deliver the
knockout punch explains why he has spent much of his career just
outside the top 10. ‘It was the best match I have ever played and the
worst I’ve ever felt afterwards,’ he said. ‘I fought like a dog.’ He
will look upon the four break points he created at 4-4 in the deciding
set and ponder how he failed to make one count, particularly the last of
them.

That was when he drilled an unplayable
service return onto the baseline only for the line judge to mistakenly
call it out. Wawrinka had one Hawkeye challenge left but neglected to
use it. Umpire Enrique Molina declined to over-rule and his foe escaped.

Whether he would have gone on to serve
out the match we will never know and such is Djokovic’s capacity to get
himself out of scrapes that it cannot be assumed.

Djokovic has won the last two titles
here and, with the exception of September’s defeat in New York, not
lost in one of the hard-court Grand Slams since 2010.

Djokovic will face Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarters, after Berdych beat South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets

Quarter-finals: Djokovic will face Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarters, after Berdych beat South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets

had Wawrinka challenged a call, he would have been serving for the match

Lucky: had Wawrinka challenged a call, he would have been serving for the match

The final set ended as the clock approached 2am in Australia

The final set ended as the clock approached 2am in Australia

Exhausting: The final set ended as the clock approached 2am in Australia

It took more than five hours for the pair to finish their match in the Australian heat

Thrilling: It took more than five hours for the pair to finish their match in the Australian heat

His game is perfectly suited to absorb
what is thrown at him in this environment and the barrel-chested
Wawrinka hurled everything he could.

By the end it seemed a distant detail
that Djokovic had hardly helped himself by coming out with a defective
pair of shoes that caused him to slip all over the place in the first
set when faced with Wawrinka’s devastating start.

The Swiss took the first set in 25
minutes and served for the second at 5-3, by which time one of the
Serb’s gophers had brought him some new footwear. By then Wawrinka’s
certainty had faded and it could have all been over in the fourth set
but, unusually, his trademark backhand was more than backed up by
everything else in his game.

Only in the 24th game of the fifth set
did he crack and Djokovic clinched it on a third match point to the
delight of a Melbourne crowd who, not for the first time here, had
ignored thoughts of work to come later in the day.

Roger Federer is on in the same late
evening slot today against the powerful Canadian Milos Raonic as he
attempts to reach his 35th consecutive quarter final at a Grand Slam.

He will do so knowing that big danger still lurks in the other side of the draw – as hard to put away as ever.

Australian Open 2013: Latest results

Australian Open 2013: All the latest results from Melbourne Park

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07:24 GMT, 14 January 2013

Keep track of all the latest results from the Australian Open with our complete guide to the singles.

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Tim Smyczek (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (Cro) 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5

Somdev Devvarman (Ind) bt Bjorn Phau (Ger) 6-3 6-2 6-3

Tobias Kamke (Ger) bt Flavio Cipolla (Ita) 6-1 6-4 6-1

(22) Fernando Verdasco (Spa) bt David Goffin (Bel) 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4

(1) Novak Djokovic (Ser) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) 6-2 6-4 7-5

Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Santiago Giraldo (Col) 2-6 6-4 7-5 6-4

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) bt Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-6 7-5 11-9

(5) Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-3 7-5 6-3

(26) Jurgen Melzer (Aut) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz) 6-1 6-1 6-2

Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) bt Adrian Ungur (Rom) 6-4 6-4 6-2

Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spa) bt Lukasz Kubot (Pol) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-0 4-6 6-4

Carlos Berlocq (Arg) bt Maxime Authom (Bel) 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2

(10) Nicolas Almagro (Spa) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-2

(15) Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Ger) 6-2 6-4 6-3

(16) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Victor Hanescu (Rom) 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1 6-3

Guillaume Rufin (Fra) bt Julian Reister (Ger) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-2

(32) Julien Benneteau (Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) 6-4 6-2 6-4

Xavier Malisse (Bel) bt Pablo Andujar (Spa) 6-3 6-1 6-2

Jie Zheng (Chn) bt Yuxuan Zhang (Chn) 6-1 3-6 6-4

(15) Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Ashleigh Barty (Aus) 3-6 6-0 6-1

(11) Marion Bartoli (Fra) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) 6-2 6-4

Valeria Savinykh (Rus) bt Mandy Minella (Lux) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1

(5) Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 6-2 6-4

Maria Joao Koehler (Por) bt Karin Knapp (Ita) 3-6 6-3 6-3

Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) bt Arantxa Rus (Ned) 6-4 6-2

Alize Cornet (Fra) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 10-8

Misaki Doi (Jpn) bt Petra Martic (Cro) 6-3 6-4

(22) Jelena Jankovic (Ser) bt Johanna Larsson (Swe) 6-2 6-2

(23) Klara Zakopalova (Cze) bt Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa) 6-1 6-2

Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) bt Nina Bratchikova (Rus) 6-4 6-3

(19) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) bt Michelle Larcher De Brito (Por) 6-2 7-5

(9) Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Kai-Chen Chang (Tpe) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Bojana Bobusic (Aus) 7-5 6-0

Romina Oprandi (Swi) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) 4-6 7-5 6-2
Olga Govortsova (Blr) bt Pauline Parmentier (Fra) 2-6 6-3 6-2

(18) Julia Goerges (Ger) bt Vera Dushevina (Rus) 7-5 2-6 6-4

(27) Sorana Cirstea (Rom) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-4 6-2

(6) Na Li (Chn) bt Sesil Karatantcheva (Kaz) 6-2 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) bt Sacha Jones (Aus) 6-3 6-2

(25) Venus Williams (USA) bt Galina Voskoboeva (Kaz) 6-1 6-0

(2) Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Olga Puchkova (Rus) 6-0 6-0

London 2012 Olympics: Andy Murray beats Stanislas Wawrinka

Murray fans almost take the roof off as Scot eases past Wawrinka at Wimbledon

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16:00 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Andy Murray claimed his first Olympic singles victory as a noisy Wimbledon crowd helped him see off the challenge of Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3.

It is exactly three weeks since Murray cried on Centre Court after losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer, and the world No 1 was in Wawrinka's box to support his countryman, who is both a friend and a familiar foe of Murray.

The pair, who practised together last week, had met 10 times before, with the British No 1 winning six times, including a five-set epic under the roof at Wimbledon three years ago.

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Stanislas Wawrinka on Centre Court

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Stanislas Wawrinka on Centre Court

Down but not out: Andy Murray is through to round two after beating Stanislas Wawrinka

Down but not out: Andy Murray is through to round two after beating Stanislas Wawrinka

That was the first match to be played entirely under cover, and the roof was on again as heavy showers played havoc with the schedule on the second day of competition.

Murray lost in the first round in Beijing four years ago to Lu Yen-hsun of Chinese Taipei and was determined to do better this time around but Wawrinka, ranked 26th in the world and a former top-10 player, was a very tough first-round opponent.

Support: British No 1 Andy Murray had plenty of backing against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka

Support: British No 1 Andy Murray had plenty of backing against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka

Under the roof: It was back to Centre Court for Andy Murray in his clash with Stanislas Wawrinka

Under the roof: It was back to Centre Court for Andy Murray in his clash with Stanislas Wawrinka

The 27-year-old is also the reigning Olympic doubles champion with Federer and carried Switzerland's flag in the opening ceremony on Friday.

There was a huge roar as Murray walked out onto Centre Court, and an even bigger one when he secured the first break of the match in the eighth game with a dinked backhand down the line.

Stan the man: But Wawrinka could not cope with Andy Murray

Stan the man: But Wawrinka could not cope with Andy Murray

Outnumbered: Stanislas Wawrinka had fans of his own at Centre Court

Outnumbered: Stanislas Wawrinka had fans of his own at Centre Court

Both players had begun a little tentatively, with Murray distracted by a flickering scoreboard and struggling with his footing, but he improved significantly as the set went on and served it out to love with an ace.

Things got even better for the third seed with another break at the start of the second, his fourth game in a row, and he saved a break point to make that five. Murray cracked a couple of superb backhand returns as he sought a second break in the seventh game and, although Wawrinka staved off that threat, the end was not long in coming.

The Swiss found himself under pressure again in his next service game and Murray took his second match point when Wawrinka drilled a backhand wide, setting up a second-round clash with either Finn Jarkko Nieminen or Somdev Devvarman of India.

Net gain: Andy Murray celebrates beating Stanislas Wawrinka

Net gain: Andy Murray celebrates beating Stanislas Wawrinka

London 2012 Olympics: Roger Federer beats Alejandro Falla in first round

Gold favourite Federer sees off Falla but only after first-round scare

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16:24 GMT, 28 July 2012

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Roger Federer beat Alejandro Falla in his London 2012 Olympics first-round clash, despite suffering a scare.

Falla won the second set 7-5 after the world No 1 took the first 6-3, but the Swiss star wrapped up proceedings with another 6-3 win.

Federer went into the tournament as the favourite to pick up a first singles gold medal after his Wimbledon triumph over Andy Murray three weeks ago that took him back to number one in the world.

Roger Federer

Into action: Roger Federer

Into action: Roger Federer made it through despite a scare from Alejandro Falla

The 30-year-old, who won doubles gold
four years ago for Switzerland with Stanislas Wawrinka, began his
campaign against the Colombian Falla.

It looked straightforward on paper but
Federer would certainly not have underestimated Falla after fighting
back from two sets to love down against him in the first round at
Wimbledon two years ago.

Had he lost the first two sets, that
would have been the end of his hopes, with the Olympic tournament played
as best of three sets until the final, where it reverts to best of
five.

Nice try: Alejandro Falla couldn't overcome the world No 1

Nice try: Alejandro Falla couldn't overcome the world No 1

Federer looked completely in control
at a set and a break up and had three match points at 6-3 5-3 to wrap up
what would have been a straightforward victory.

However, he could not take them and
from there things got a lot more complicated. Falla began to swing
freely and he broke back to make it 5-5, saved three more break points
and then incredibly broke again to win the set.

It was some turnaround and the
Colombian looked like he might be able to cause a huge upset when he
retrieved another break at the start of the decider.

On the way: Federer celebrates his win

On the way: Federer celebrates his win

But Federer dug in, broke again to
lead 4-3, and this time there was no way back for Falla, the Swiss star
converting his fifth match point to triumph.

Next the world number one will meet another of the protagonists in one of his Wimbledon dramas, Julien Benneteau.

This one was much more recent, Federer
trailing the Frenchman by two sets to love in the third round of
Wimbledon four weeks ago before turning things around.

Andy Murray and Roger Federer return to Wimbledon ahead of Olympics

The boys are back in town: Murray and Federer return to Wimbledon for Olympic assault

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For Roger Federer it may as well be his second home, but even the seven-time Wimbledon champion could have been forgiven for feeling a little lost inside SW19 on Monday.

The Swiss maestro was back in town at a very new-look All England Club just over three weeks after defeating Britain’s Andy Murray in a nail-biting Wimbledon final.

Who should I make it out to Andy Murray signs a tennis ball for two soldiers, while Novak Djokovic (second right) looks on

Who should I make it out to Andy Murray signs a tennis ball for two soldiers, while Novak Djokovic (second right) looks on

Murray was also in action at SW19 as the Scot practiced with former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The British No. 1 will attempt to
wipe away lingering memories of the final defeat to Federer at Wimbledon
by securing a first Olympic title, which will not be defended by reigning champion Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard picked up a knee injury.

Back in the swing of things: Roger Federer practices at Wimbledon ahead of the Olympic Games

Back in the swing of things: Roger Federer practices at Wimbledon ahead of the Olympic Games

Preparing for an assault on the Olympic title on the grass courts, Federer was surrounded by bright pink London 2012 banners instead of the usual dark green borders that form the backdrop to the All England Club as he practiced in the very warm conditions in the capital.

Ready to go: Olympic preparations at Wimbledon looked complete

Ready to go: Olympic preparations at Wimbledon looked complete

Ready to go: Olympic preparations at Wimbledon looked complete

Federer, who was won a career grand slam, has never won a singles gold medal in the Olympics.
But the 30-year-old is the reigning doubles champion after partnering Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing, and the two will defend their crown in London, with Federer also competing for a first singles title.

Winning team: Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka will hope to defend their doubles title

Winning team: Federer (left) and Stanislas Wawrinka will hope to defend their doubles title

Winning team: Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will hope to defend their doubles title

Preparation for the Olympics started immediately after the conclusion of the Wimbledon Championships earlier this month – with care taken to ensure sponsors of the prestigious grand slam were fully covered.

Despite it being just three weeks since tennis was last played at the club, the courts have recovered from the wear and tear of the Wimbledon tournament which particularly affects the baseline.
Play on the courts starts on July 28 and concludes with the medal events on August 4 and 5.

Working up a sweat: Federer changes his shirt in the warm summer heat in west London

Working up a sweat: Federer changes his shirt in the warm summer heat in west London

Sports pictures of the day: June 5 2012

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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14:09 GMT, 5 June 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

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Jumping for joy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates victory in his men's singles fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open

Jumping for joy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates victory in his men's singles fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open

Head for heights: Croatia's Eduardo da Silva heads the ball during a training session in preparation for the upcoming Euro 2012 championships

Head for heights: Croatia's Eduardo da Silva heads the ball during a training session in preparation for the upcoming Euro 2012 championships

It's behind you! Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur breaks his bat during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins

It's behind you! Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur (left) breaks his bat during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (right) celebrates a dunk

It's behind you! Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur (left) breaks his bat during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (right) celebrates a dunk

Sea of colour: Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils players stand at attention during the national anthem before Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final

Sea of colour: Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils players stand at attention during the national anthem before Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final

Novak Djokovic wins from a set down in Monte Carlo

Djokovic fights tears in Dolgopolov win after death of his grandfather

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Novak Djokovic fought back from a set down to score an emotional victory over Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov and reach the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world No 1 took to the court after learning his grandfather had died – and he looked affected by the news in the first set as the 16th seed broke his illustrious opponent twice.

Reaching deep: Novak Djokovic was overcome with emotion against Alexandr Dolgopolov

Reaching deep: Novak Djokovic was overcome with emotion against Alexandr Dolgopolov

Reaching deep: Novak Djokovic was overcome with emotion against Alexandr Dolgopolov

But Djokovic rallied superbly, racing through the second set 6-1 and – after a rain delay at 1-1 in the decider, returning to the court to wrap up a 2-6 6-1 6-4 victory in one hour and 39 minutes.

Djokovic was joined in the last eight by Rafael Nadal, whose injury problems looked to be sidelined as he needed exactly an hour to dispose of Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1.

Nadal, who is bidding for an unprecedented eighth straight title at the event to snap a titleless streak leading back to last year's French Open, next faces Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-3.

Fourth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 and will face fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon in the last eight after the ninth seed beat Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic 6-0 4-6 6-1.