When asked to describe himself in one word, Janko Tipsarevic, who claimed his first ATP World Tour title at the fifth attempt after a tough win over Marcos Baghdatis in the Malaysian Open final, said "determined" - proof the Serb has the strength of character to finally make it to the very top of the men's game?
Tipsarevic, who was seeded third in the tournament, had been the only player in the Top 20 without an ATP title after losing his first four finals but he made amends with victory over Baghdatis, now ranked 54th in the world, in Kuala Lumpur. Those watching live tennis
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His 6-4 7-5 victory was far from perfect and, at times, he was pushed hard by his Cypriot opponent in Malaysia but he eventually overcame Baghdatis in straight sets to give him a 4-1 overall record against him.
Following his debut Tour triumph, Tisarevic, speaking to the ATP website, says determination to finish the season in the top 20 is behind his improved performances this year.
"I feel that my tennis improved, but the main factor is determination," he said. "The years before I was just playing on tour thinking to enjoy my time while it lasts, win as many matches without setting up really proper goals.
"This season, the difference is that I set up a goal, that my goal is to finish in the Top 20 and win my first ATP title. There are still a few more tournaments to go and I really hope I can continue playing like this."
Tipsarevic is a player who, as a youngster, was tipped to enjoy a fine career but has so far struggled to live up to those early expectations and he has been well and truly overshadowed by his fellow countryman, Novak Djokovic, who has dominated the sport in 2011. People following tennis betting offers
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However, Tipsarevic believes he can only improve further and freely admits to seeking advice from the world number one as he looks to maintain his recent momentum.