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Janowicz Eyes Top 10 After "Fun" Fortnight

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© Getty ImagesJanowicz is projected to rise to No. 17 on Monday

Jerzy Janowicz had just one word to describe his record-breaking fortnight at The Championships. “Fun”.

Speaking after his 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 semi-final loss on Friday night to World No. 2 Andy Murray, the 22 year old, who is the first Polish man to reach the final four of a Grand Slam, Janowicz was upbeat.

“I [got] a lot of experience [from] this match,” he said. “I'm still quite [a] young player; I have a lot of time.  I will just keep on practising and I hope I will have a chance to be in the semi-finals of Wimbledon again.”

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Comparing Murray’s current form to that of last November, when Janowicz stunned him in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Paris, the Pole said it was unchanged.  “I think [he] is the same. I had my game plan, I knew what he [would] try to do, but is not easy to beat Andy if you are not playing your best tennis…I had my chances during this match,” he said.

The 15,000-strong crowd rallied behind Murray, as Janowicz expected. “Everyone here wants Andy to win this Wimbledon, so I was prepared for this,” he said, adding that he too, was on Murray’s bandwagon. “I don't feel like losing against [the] runner-up, so I wish him good luck.”

Asked if waiting for the earlier semi-final between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro, the longest in Wimbledon history, affected him, Janowicz said it did not. “I know it can happen, especially in [a] semi-final when del Potro and Djokovic are [among] the best players in the world.”

Janowicz, who is projected to rise to a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 17 on Monday, is hoping to keep ascending higher. I’m just hoping one day I'll become Top 10 in the world…I'm practising really hard,” he said.

Murray believes Janowicz has a bright future. I think Jerzy will be around the top of the game for quite a while…I would have thought in the next few months he'll get himself inside the Top 10. He's obviously young, he has a huge game, he moves very well for his size [and] he's very athletic,” said the Scot.

The World No. 2 described players with physiques like Janowicz as “the future of tennis”. “[He] and del Potro are quite similar in that they're both guys that move well from the back of the court and have a lot of power,” Murray said. “He goes for it and he's pretty loose on the court, that's tough to play against." 

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