Two Serbs are in the world top ten going into Roland Garros - though one, top-ranked Novak Djokovic, is more famous than the other. But Janko Tipsarevic aims to change all that on the Paris clay.
Tipsarevic's days on the periphery of the men's elite ended last year when a sustained improvement saw him ensure his place in the world's top 10, where he remains ranked eight heading into Roland Garros.
Tipsarevic has beaten his Serbian compatriot and great friend Novak Djokovic twice in recent months, first at December's World Tour Masters, and again two weeks ago on the controversial blue clay of Madrid.
And Tipsarevic believes his inside-track on the world number one's Grand Slam preparations, as well as his own proven capability on the big occasion, could help him move towards his first major final.
Tipsarevic said: "I feel extremely lucky that I am able to see the world's best player, how is he living his life, doing practices, playing matches from a first-row seat. I am a kind of guy who is not ashamed to ask anyone in order to improve.
"I really feel like being around him helped me to become a better player. But I feel the main change comes within a player, and I can say within me that I had a will this year to manage to change some things.
"I rise to the occasion when I play on big courts. This is a good thing. But then again, when I play my next match on Court 78, I don't play as well. Hopefully this period in my career is going to pass."
Tipsarevic's recent form saw him go all the way to the semi-finals in Madrid, and the quarters in Barcelona last week. Last year at Roland Garros, he reached the third round before falling to Roger Federer.
Certainly a tennis world searching for the next high-profile star will have its fingers crossed for Tipsarevic, an amply tattooed bookworm whose views on philosophy were an instant hit during his run to the Wimbledon fourth round in 2008.
"In my free time I like to read," Tipsarevic revealed at the time. "One of my favourite writers is the Russian guy, Dostoyevsky. My tattoo, 'Beauty Will Save The World', is a quote from the book called 'The Idiot.'
"But for the last few months I'm not reading as often as I used to. Some of the books I was reading were kind of depressing, and the world that surrounded me after reading these books didn't really help my tennis too much."
With Dostoyevsky firmly a thing of the past - for the moment at least - Tipsarevic is focused on emulating his great friend and hero, and writing his own chapter in tennis history over the summer ahead.
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