If anyone had any doubts about the effect of winning the 2010 Davis Cup on the Serbian players, today those doubts were surely put to rest. Interestingly, it has (for once) nothing to do with Novak Djokovic.
In a first all-Serbian ATP tour final ever, Janko Tipsarevic won the Kremlin Cup with a convincing 6-4 6-2 over his friend Viktor Troicki, clinching his second title of the month, year, and career.
Meanwhile, Tipsarevic lost both first rounds following his first title in Kuala Lumpur, earlier this month. He, too, bounced back in Moscow, losing only the first set on his way to the title, and beating three Russian opponents during the week.
The top two seeds had a nervous match, but in the end - the trophy passed from one Serb to another, with both players hugging and smiling.
2011 hasn't yet ended, and Serbia already has 12 ATP tour titles in its posession. Starting their year ranked #3, #28 and #49, the Serbian trio of Djokovic, Troicki and Tipsarevic are now #1, #17 and #13, and going upwards. Will they join Spain in having two top-10 players by the end of the year? In about a month, we'll know the answer to that question.
P.S. Meanwhile, Djokovic does this: