Five years after their first meeting, the second one between David and Janko Tipsarevic also went the distance. But although there was no retirement this time, in a way David once again outlasted Tipsarevic, sealing his 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory after an hour and 56 minutes. After a brilliant first set, David had a hard time, keeping it up physically but in the end he managed to hang with Tipsarevic long enough to get his chance in the third set. And when that chance finally came, he made the most out of it.
How much this match and this effort haven taken out of David we'll see later today when he gets to face sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round (match record: 0-1).
The first set of this match has to among the best tennis that David has played in recent times. From the first rally on, and in a stark contrast to the previous round against Cilic, both David's serve and his groundstrokes were working excellently and he was able to dictate play from the baseline. At 2-1, he had his first break points and after some great defense from David, it was Tipsarevic, who made the error, granting David the break and a 3-1 lead. This break David carried through the set without any difficulties on serve before converting his first set point to take it 6-3.
In the first game of the third set David faced another break point but then had a bit of luck as Tipsarevic netted a drop-shot. David looked increasingly tired now but he fought on and although he didn't have much of a chance during his return games, he managed to hold serve. Tipsarevic seemed to be lying in wait for another service game like the one at 4-3 in the second. But this time, it was Tipsarevic's turn to serve at 4-3. And that was the moment David got the chance he had been waiting and fighting for. Two errors from the Serb and a great passing shot from David meant 0-40 and then David converted the first of those break points with an easy forehand winner. Up 5-3 now, David served for match and quickly went up 40-0 before closing it out on his first match point, as Tipsarevic made the error.
It was a tough match, with lots of long and intense rallies and a lot of ground that both players had to cover during them. And after the glorious first set, David did have his difficulties, trying to keep up his level of playing (e.g. from 7 winners/8 unforced errors in the first set to 7/17 in the second). But although he grew increasingly (and visibly) tired, David kept on fighting and he kept believing in his chance to win this match.
(Note: For some reason there are practically no photos of this match - sorry.)