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Janowicz Powers Into Fourth Round

Wimbledon, England

Janowicz© Getty ImagesJerzy Janowicz will face Jurgen Melzer in the fourth round.

Playing on Wimbledon’s Centre Court for the first time, Jerzy Janowicz certainly rose to the occasion. The 22-year-old Pole powered into his first Grand Slam fourth round as he hit 59 winners in a 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-4 victory over 15th-seeded Nicolas Almagro on Friday.

With Lukasz Kubot also reaching the last 32, it was the first time in the Open Era that two Polish players have reached the third round at a Grand Slam.

Rain started falling in the warm-up, and while officials contemplated closing the roof, the players faced a brief, but for Janowicz anxious, wait on the sidelines. The Pole later admitted to nerves after the delayed start, and went down an early service break. 

"The delayed start affected me a little bit, I got broken early in the first set," said Janowicz. "I was a little bit nervous, but luckily I came back and was able to win the first set"

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He fought back to force a tie-break and converted his second set point with a forehand winner. Janowicz then broke once in the second and third sets, closing out victory with his 30th ace in one hour and 47 minutes. 

The 24th-seeded Janowicz made just 15 unforced errors in the contest and lost only eight points behind his first serve. "The most important thing is to focus on my game," said Janowicz, who would not be drawn on speculating past his next match, which will be against Austria's Jurgen Melzer. "Right now I will take a massage, a few hours off and think about the next match.

"Jurgen is a really great player, a left-hander. I will have to get used to left-handers a little bit. I'm playing really good tennis, I'm a very confident guy and I hope I'm going to win."

Melzer defeated Roger Federer’s conqueror, Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 on No. 3 Court. Stakhovsky, who recorded the biggest win of his career when he stunned seven-time champion Federer in the second round on Wednesday, required treatment after skidding and jarring his leg in coming to the net at 1-3, 30/30 in the first set. He was able to continue, but fell to former World No. 8 Melzer in two hours and 15 minutes.

Melzer"I think overall I won it because I found a way to return his serve," said Melzer. "I thought he's dangerous, and I knew he was confident if he beat Roger on Centre. I knew it; he knew it. It was a great opportunity for both of us to make the fourth round of Wimbledon. I felt like I dealt well with that pressure. I was playing well when it was close moments today. That comes with experience. I have been there; he probably hasn't."  

Melzer is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second time (also 2010 – l. to Federer). The 32-year-old Austrian is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final since Roland Garros 2010, when he came back from two sets down to beat Novak Djokovic and went on to reach the semi-finals (l. to Nadal).

"There has been so much talk about [the upsets] that you cannot ignore it," said Melzer. "[But] if I don't win the next match, I don't want to think about that one in the quarter-finals. Sure I know the highest seed is Benoit Paire if I beat Janowicz. So we will see. I'm playing well; I'm feeling great. It's the old sentence, 'Let's take it one at a time.'"

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