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“That’s a subject that I’m trying to avoid to speak about because just all the time, makes me really in a bad mood,” she said.


JANKO’S WORLD: Janko Tipsarevic is playing his first Grand Slam tournament as a top 10 player. Just don’t remind him.

Taking inspiration from Rafael Nadal, the No. 9-ranked Serb says he has told his coach not to talk about his ranking, in case it makes him relax.

“I read a great thing in Nadal’s book where (Nadal’s coach) Uncle Toni was always saying to him, ‘You’re not special because of who you are, you’re special because of what you do,’” Tipsarevic said Thursday. “I cannot expect opponents to give me victories just because I’m top 10. There’s a bunch of good players who were in my position … and then they drop. I really don’t want to have that.”

Tipsarevic advanced to the third round Thursday with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Australian wild card James Duckworth. He faces former top 10 player Richard Gasquet of France in the next round. Tipsarevic reached his career-high ranking in November after making the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and winning two ATP titles.

Off the court in Melbourne, he has been providing a behind-the-scenes video diary for the television channel Eurosport. He’s unlikely to watch the footage once it airs.

“I never ever watch TV in my life,” said Tipsarevic, who is famous for having a tattoo of a Dostoevsky quote on his arm.

As if to prove the point, Tipsarevic spent his entire news conference on Thursday flicking through a book on Davis Cup history, only occasionally looking up to glance at the assembled journalists.


MIXING IT UP: So much for the glamour pairing in mixed doubles at the Australian Open.

Andy Roddick and Serena Williams had entered the draw to practice in case they decide to play together at the London Olympics. But Roddick hurt his hamstring and withdrew from his second-round singles match on Thursday night.

After seeing Roddick’s injury, Serena tweeted: “Oh no my dubs partner!!!!! :(“

Two players that definitely won’t be playing together in London are Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. Federer asked Hingis last year about teaming up for Switzerland, but Hingis declined _ a decision she confirmed Thursday at Melbourne Park.

“We talked at the end of the season,” Hingis said. “I haven’t played for four years. He has to concentrate on singles and (men’s) doubles and I think it’s better that way.”

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