25 Jan 2018

Miladinovic survives challenging quarterfinal


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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Martin SidorjakMarko Miladinovic (SRB)

Second-seeded Marko Miladinovic advanced to his first junior Grand Slam semifinal after a hard-fought 46 63 75 win over fifth-seeded Hugo Gaston of France at the Australian Open on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Serbian not only had to recover from a one-set deficit, but had to hit the re-set button after he surrendered a 4-1 lead in the third set.

“It was a very tough match, 7-5 in the third, and I was 4-1 up with two breaks in the third,” Miladinovic said. “Then he was 5-4 up and 0-30. I was just trying to stay focus and positive to play my best. And I’m very happy to be through to the semis.”

Even the final game presented a test as Miladinovic had to save one break point at 30-40 before winning the next three points to send Gaston packing.

A native of Belgrade, the Serbian trains at Janko Tipsarevic’s Tennis Academy and is represented by Tipsarevic’s management company.

An only child, who says he doesn’t feel he’s missed out by not having brothers or sisters, Miladinovic first held a racket when he was just two. Back then he would go to the tennis courts with his parents, who own a computer software company, and they would play for an hour. When his parents were done playing his father would hit tennis balls to him for a few minutes. 

Currently the second-ranked junior boy in the world, Miladinovic says he relies on his backhand and mentality for the game to see him through matches.

The world according to Marko Miladinovic

Tell me the three best things about you?

Marko Miladinovic: (laughing) I’m funny. I’m good-looking. I’m a — funny, good-looking - I don't know.

Who told you that you're funny and good-looking?

Marko Miladinovic: (laughing) Many girls.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Marko Miladinovic: Ah, to not have pimples.

If you could talk to your dog what would you ask her?

Marko Miladinovic: I have a Labrador. Lana. If I would talk to Lana what would I ask her? I don’t know. I don’t know. I walk her sometimes, but my mother walks her most times.

Did you have a favorite toy when you were younger?

Marko Miladinovic: I like to play with a football.

If you could be anyone who was famous for the day who would you want to be and why?

Marko Miladonivic: I would like to be — that’s a tough question. I would want to be, ah, Daniel Craig because he is James Bond and every girl is looking at him.

If you could eat only three foods for the rest of your life what would they be?

Marko Miladinovic: Rice, chicken breast, and bread. I can eat that all my life. 

Do you like music and have a favorite musical artist?

Marko Miladinovic: I listen to everything, only no rock or jazz, but to everything else. I dance pretty well.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

Marko Miladinovic: I always go to the center of the city. I'm just walking along, alone. We have a pedestrian street and I walk from the beginning to the end and come back. Just to walk. I don’t know why I do this, but I do it always. Belgrade is a nice city.

You just won the $10 million ticket what are you going to do with the money?

Marko Miladinovic: I’m not really a money person. I will probably invest in something. Start some business. Not just buy one house there, buy one expensive car. To invest and maybe help people.

If you could be the most popular kid or the smartest kid on the junior circuit which would you want to be, and why?

Marko Miladinovic: I would choose popular because of the girls.



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