BNP PARIBAS MASTERS 2012
Janowicz Saves M.P. To Stun Murray; Berdych To Play Simon
by ATP Staff|
Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz continued his dream run at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday by saving one match point to stun World No. 3 and US Open champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the third round.
"This was the most unbelievable day in my life," said Janowicz. "I beat the Olympic champion, US Open champion. I beat Andy Murray. Unbelievable feeling for me. Still, I have the feeling that in a few minutes I'm going to wake up and it will all be gone. But in one hand I have to believe this because tomorrow I have another match, so I have to be ready for tomorrow. No matter what happened today, I have to do my job tomorrow."
Murray led 7-5, 5-4, 40/30, but failed to take his opportunity to close out the match. Janowicz levelled up in the subsequent tie-break and broke Murray twice in the decider to prevail in two hours and 25 minutes. Janowicz fired 22 aces and won 83 per cent of points behind his first serve to record the biggest win of his fledgling career.
"When I served for the match, I didn't play a particularly good game and missed a couple of shots that I would have hoped to have made," admitted Murray. "He probably gained some confidence from that and started playing better. He played a good tie-break, played aggressive."
The 21 year old Janowicz started the year ranked No. 221 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and lost to No. 499-ranked David Rice in the quarter-finals of the Futures tournament in Great Britain. In a breakthrough season, he reached a career-high World No. 64 last week and was a quarter-finalist at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (l. to Bellucci). He is the first Polish player to reach the quarter-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and is set to break the Top 50 next week.
Murray lost a match after squandering match points for the third tournament in a row. The 25 year old was beaten by Milos Raonic in the semi-finals of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo after holding two match points and, a week later, missed five match point chances as he succumbed to Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Rolex Masters final. The Scot will regroup before contesting the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.
"I have to make sure I tighten that up next week, if I get that opportunity in the matches," said Murray. "Make sure I don't let it happen at The O2."
Fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, the 2005 champion, will play Gilles Simon of France in the quarter-finals. Berdych withstood 15 aces from South African Kevin Anderson to record a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in two hours and 13 minutes on Thursday. Berdych improves to a 59-19 match record on the season and will join Murray next week at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Simon advanced when Kei Nishikori, the No. 15 seed, pulled out ahead of their match with a right ankle injury. Nishikori personally apologised to Tournament Director Guy Forget for withdrawing from the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.