AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013
Janowicz Battles Into Final 32; Ferrer To Face Baghdatis
by ATP Staff|
Polish 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz fought off frustration with line calls, recovering from a two-sets-to-love deficit to clinch a 6-7(10), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 victory over Somdev Devvarman on Wednesday in Melbourne.
"What did I learn today? [That the] most important thing is you have to fight for every single ball till the end. I was losing already two-sets-to-love and I kept on fighting," said Janowicz, who came from two sets down to win for the first time in his career.
"You can't control your emotions all the time. Actually, I went nuts. I calmed down a little bit later on. Sometimes I have a problem with controlling my emotions, but I'm trying to work on this."
The 22 year old, who is contesting his first Australian Open, served for the match at 5-3 in the fifth set, but couldn't close it out. After converting his second match point, the powerful right-hander sank to his knees and later bowed to the vocal crowd multiple times, thanking them for their support. Janowicz placed 91 winners but also made 88 unforced errors.
On Margaret Court Arena, fourth seed David Ferrer dropped a set to American lucky loser Tim Smyczek before lifting to post a 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory. The Spaniard, a semi-finalist in Melbourne two years ago (l. to Murray), made only 24 unforced errors compared to his opponent's 77. He came into the Australian Open in a rich vein of form, having triumphed at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) last week.
The 30-year-old Ferrer goes into a blockbuster third-round clash with 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis, after the Cypriot defeated Japan’s Tatsuma Ito 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and 13 minutes. The 27-year-old Baghdatis, who survived a five-set scare against Albert Ramos in the first round, knocked Ferrer out in Melbourne in five sets in the 2010 second round. That was his only win in four meetings with the Spaniard, though.
Swiss 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the third round after Germany's Tobias Kamke retired with a right shoulder injury trailing 3-6, 6-7(4). In the first two sets alone, Wawrinka hit 34 winners and 11 aces.
Austrian 26th seed Jurgen Melzer survived a five-set encounter with recent Aircel Chennai Open runner-up Roberto Bautista-Agut, coming through 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2 to earn a clash with fifth seed Tomas Berdych. The duo have a FedEx ATP Head2Head record of 2-2, though they haven't played since 2011.