"I'm very happy with how the company has treated me. I signed with them when I was 15; now I'm No. 9 [in the world], I have a better ranking—they're treating me completely the same."
—Janko Tipsarevic, at this year's Miami Masters, on his relationship with racquet sponsor Tecnifibre.
Earlier this year in Key Biscayne, Fla., I had the opportunity to interview the second-ranked Serb—currently the world No. 8—before a practice session. We previously published a part of that interview, on the tournament's playing conditions and Tipsarevic's equipment preferences, here. Now, the rest of the interview.
Tipsarevic's Racquet Specs (Unstrung + leather grip)
Racquet: Tecnifibre T-FIGHT 325 VO2Max
Weight: 344g / 12.13 oz.
Balance: 31 cm / ~10 pts. HL
Grip: Milled down size 3 to a size between 3 and 2
On why he swings a Tecnifibre T-FIGHT 325 VO2Max, notions of "feel," and the care pros take in switching sticks:
Tipsarevic warming up for a hitting session with TennisFlex:
On his mental approach to match play, and why Rafael Nadal's pre-point routine is so successful: