David has reached the fourth round at Indian Wells by defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in just under two hours. Tomorrow, his opponent will be sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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6.25pm local - David's match is now next up on Court 2. At last...
It's been more than five years since the one and so far only time that David and Janko Tipsarevic played against each other. Back then, in the first round of the Australian Open 2007, the heat ended up playing a decisive role for the outcome of the match. And after well over three hours, it was Tipsarevic, who was forced to retire. But that was five years ago and today, Tipsarevic's stamina and his game could mean all sorts of trouble for David.
27-year-old Janko Tipsarevic, currently ranked #10, began this season by reaching the final at Chennai (lost to Milos Raonic) before suffering a third-round defeat at the Australian Open against Richard Gasquet (David's training partner yesterday). A seasoned Davis Cup player, he won two rubbers during Serbia's first-round tie against Sweden and then added a semifinal at Marseille and a quarterfinal at Dubai to his record before coming to Indian Wells.
As mentioned above, the record between these two stands at 1-0 for David. But a lot has changed since 2007 and nowadays Tipsarevic is the kind of player, who's able to cause David a lot of trouble. Because he's physically stronger than David and with his defense he's going to make it very difficult for him to finish points, forcing him to play long, exhausting rallies, because he's able to punish poor second serves and he's able to serve rather well, himself.
In short, this match is going to be quite a test for David. And this time, he won't get away with playing the way he did against Cilic.