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Federer To Meet Janowicz For First Time

Rome, Italy

Janowicz© Getty ImagesJerzy Janowicz beat his second successive Top 10 opponent.

Roger Federer will get his first crack at rising star Jerzy Janowicz on Friday after both moved through their third-round matches Thursday evening at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

"He obviously has a big game, unconventional shot selection at times, but really fun to watch," said Federer. "Difficult match-up. He’s got some say clearly, some say, for the outcome of the match because he’s got that big of a game and I’ve got to be careful. I hope I can make it tough for him to beat me. Myself, I’m going to focus on my own game. Make sure I get through my service games and then hope I can create some opportunities on return."

In a match-up tricky on paper, the second-seeded Federer dismissed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2 to move ahead 3-2 in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The two were squaring off for the first time on clay and Federer came out like a man on a mission, racing to the first set in just 23 minutes. The Swiss superstar capitalised on all three of his break points and was never troubled on serve as he clinched the emphatic win in 62 minutes.

Federer is looking to triumph at the Foro Italico for the first time, having reached the final in 2003 (l. to Mantilla) and 2006 (l. to Nadal). A title this week would see Federer lift his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.

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Janowicz appears to be primed for another giant-killing run after knocking off his second successive Top 10 opponent with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over World No. 9 Richard Gasquet. The Pole converted the lone break in the decisive set to prevail in two hours and 21 minutes. In the second round, Janowicz eliminated Gasquet’s eighth-ranked compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The 22-year-old Janowicz is through the last eight of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the first time since finishing runner-up at the BNP Paribas Masters last year (l. to Ferrer). In Paris, Janowicz posted five wins in a row against Top 20 players en route to the title match.

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