Chennai: Considered one of the toughest campaigners in the tennis circuit, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic is looking forward to pairing up with Indian ace Leander Paes for the doubles event of the upcoming Aircel Chennai Open.
"I have known Lee (Paes) for a long time from the tour. He is one of the best doubles players in the history of the sport, and I am very happy to have a chance to partner up with him," World No 9 Tipsarevic said.
The Indo-Serbian pair has been seeded second in the event.
Tipsarevic said he is keen to build on the confidence of his productive 2011 season, during which he broke into the top 10 in singles for the first time, and aims to break in to the top-five in the new season.
"It was like a dream-come-true. My goal at the beginning of the year was to be top-20 and win my first ATP title. I never thought I could reach this far so fast, only in one season. My determination made the difference".
In 2011, Tipsarevic rose from 49 and broke into the top-10 for the first time, winning his first two ATP titles of his career.
The Serbian`s impressive results included a win over World No 1 and compatriot Novak Djokovic at the year-end World Series Finals in London.
"Even though I don`t like playing against close friends, it was a great way to finish the season with a win over Novak," he said.
"It was an intense match because we are both good friends and know each other’s games inside out. Regardless of that I played really well," he said recollecting his round robin win over eventual champion Djokovic.
Tipsarevic, semifinalist in the previous two editions of the Chennai Open, is the highest ranked player in an exciting field for the 17th edition of Chennai Open.
"I like the tournament, but mainly I like the people. It`s a great event in my opinion. A lot of good players, and it will be extremely hard to lift the trophy," he said ahead of opening the new season for the fourth straight year at the Chennai Open.
Other leading names in the January 2-8 event also include world No 10 Nicolas Almagro, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and former champion Xavier Malisse.