Federer survives beautiful match from unheralded opponent

He convinced himself he could defeat the world's No. 1 player. But despite a beautiful display from Janko Tipsarevic, Roger Federer prevailed in the biggest fight of his life.

Updated: January 19, 2008, 7:05 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer might like to say he's playing against history, but Saturday, he had to play literature buff Janko Tipsarevic.

Tipsarevic is the Stealth Serb -- a 23-year-old bundle of energy who quietly snuck into the top 50 last season while three of his fellow citizens basked in newfound limelight. He loves classic literature and has one arm tattooed with a quote -- "Beauty will save the world" -- from "The Idiot" by Russian master Fyodor Dostoevsky, which ...

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