By Abhishek Mehrotra
You can read Part 1 here.
Q: What is the most memorable match of your career so far?
A: I always dreamed about winning a match on Wimbledon centre court. One of the reasons I started playing tennis is because the one VCR cassette I had was [the final of] Wimbledon 1991 - when Michael Sitch won [Stich beat compatriot Boris Becker in the final]. My brother and I watched it countless number of times. I remembered every point from that match.
So when I played Fernando Gonzalez there [in the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2007] - I was leading two sets to one, and I had chances to win in the fourth, but I didn't. He won the fourth set and was 5-2 up in the fifth, but I came back to win 7-5 [Tipsarevic won 8-6]. It was the best feeling ever, beating a top five player on the centre court.
Q: And the one match that's your biggest regret?
A: I really wanted to beat Roger in Australia [Tipsarevic took Federer the distance in the fourth-round of the 2008 Australian Open before losing 8-10 in the fifth].
One of the things I would love to do before I stop playing is beat every single one of these top players. Then, I had the element of surprise; he didn't know me very well. Now it will be much tougher, because he's taking me seriously.
But then again, in this match I played good tennis - these matches, you regret them, but then when you think about them, it's not because you screwed up. So it won't be a regret for the rest of my life.
Q: Out of the four Grand Slams, which one do you enjoying playing at the most?
A: I enjoy Wimbledon the most - it's a different setting. When the chair umpire says 'Quiet please', it's really scary how quiet it is. It shows the amount of respect that British people have towards players who are competing in the tournament. I guess it's the history and all the fuss. And of course, I enjoy playing on grass the most.
The other thing I enjoy the most is the night sessions at the US Open. It's completely different, it's like you've come to watch a movie. I actually watched some matches live - and me, as a tennis player who's played there, watching from the side, I found it really something else. It can be really electric.
Q: You've got a great persona on court - the fans seem to love the tattoos and the glasses. Is this an image you've cultivated on purpose?
A: This has nothing to do with my persona on court. If the fans like it, that's great. But even if they said it's horrible, I probably wouldn't care.
I'm not doing it for tennis, I'm doing it for myself. There is life after tennis - I hope to live for 50 more years after my career - so I'm not doing it to be more popular for the 15 years I'll be on tour. It's the same story with glasses - I have prescription. I cannot wear contact lenses because my eyes are too sensitive and I refuse laser eye surgery. I don't know - I'm too afraid I guess.
But Oakley have been a great support - they've been my sponsors forever and I cannot imagine playing without glasses.
Q: Now for the Asian angle. What do you think we here can do to start producing more world-class players?
A: I think tennis needs to get into your blood. We as tennis players are so different. I was with some F1 drivers - they all look at the same. If you look at me from the side, you'll never guess I'm a tennis player. Same with Isner.
We're small, tall, fat, skinny. It has nothing with size or power. Look at Nikolay Davydenko one of the strongest hitters on tour, and he is so skinny. So people in Asia need to embrace tennis as a sport. You're starting slowly - especially with the women in China - but the culture needs to embrace tennis like you did with other sports like badminton.
Q: You're an avid reader. What are you reading currently and what's your favourite book?
A: I'm reading a book by Charles Bukowski called the Post Office.
I don't have a favourite, it changes with time. You're not the same person as you were in 18, and that's the way it should be. For a long time, my favourite writer was [German philosopher Friedrich] Nietzsche. But later I realised that yes, some things are right but there are some things I disagree with him on. So it changes - if you have the same thinking at 40 as you had at 18, then I guess you need to think again.
And now, some questions for you sent in by our readers.
Q: If you were an animal, what would you be?
A: I want to be an aggressive animal, but then I don't want to kill. So...I would be a dolphin.
Q: What's your favourite cuisine?
It varies, but overall I would say Indian.
Q: Do you wear glasses even when on vacation?
I have prescription, so yes, most of the time.