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No Sleep, No Problem For Jerzy

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Janowicz© Getty ImagesJerzy Janowicz has defeated four Top 20 players in Paris.

Jerzy Janowicz doesn’t want his dream run to end at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. So much so that the reality of what he’s accomplished this week has even claimed victory over his ability to fall asleep.

On Friday, following his quarter-final win over ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, Janowicz revealed he struggled to snooze Thursday night after ousting World No. 3 Andy Murray from match point down.

“I could sleep, no problem. I slept very well two hours, so no problem to sleep whatsoever,” Janowicz joked with a laugh. “I stayed on my computer for a few hours. I just went to sleep at 5 a.m. I just was not able to sleep [last] night, but as I can see, it doesn't matter if I sleep. I don't eat. Right now I'm playing the best tennis of my life, and I hope tomorrow I can play even better.”

In defeating Tipsarevic, Janowicz became the first player from Poland to reach the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Since coming through the qualifying rounds, Janowicz has reeled off four straight wins against Top 20 opposition and will face 20th-ranked Gilles Simon on Saturday.

“The semi-final is something unbelievable for me and for my family. My family was crying after yesterday's match and after today's match,” said Janowicz. “So this is an unbelievable week for my whole family. Maybe because of this win, I will get some bigger sponsors because I was struggling at the beginning of this year and last year a little bit with money.

“This year I didn't go to Australian Open because I just didn't have money to play this tournament, so I hope after this week, my life will change a little bit, and actually it changed already. (Laughter.)”

When asked where he acquired his mental toughness, Janowicz divulged, “I was a bad boy at primary school. In high school, I was fighting with everyone, with the teachers. I was a really bad guy. Somehow it's really not easy for me to explain why I'm that kind of guy. Yesterday, I played against Andy Murray and I didn't feel pressure at all. I just was trying to play my best tennis.”

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