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Janko Tipsarevic Beats Juan Carlos Ferrero In U.S. Open

Janko Tipsarevic returns a shot against Juan Carlos Ferrero during the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center - Queens, NY - Sep 5, 2011 (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Janko Tipsarevic returns a shot against Juan Carlos Ferrero during the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center – Queens, NY – Sep 5, 2011 (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - Janko Tipsarevic reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating Juan Carlos Ferrero at the U.S. Open on Monday.

The 20th-seeded Serb won 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-2 in three hours, 43 minutes. Tipsarevic didn’t face a single break point in the last three sets.

The 27-year-old Tipsarevic has ascended to his best-ever ranking, having a career year like countryman Novak Djokovic. If the world’s top-ranked player also wins Monday, it will be the first time in the Open era that two Serbian men make the quarterfinals of a major tournament.

Djokovic would be Tipsarevic’s next opponent.

The 31-year-old Ferrero hasn’t been back to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows since he was the runner-up in 2003. The 105th-ranked Spaniard won the 2003 French Open.

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