THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Janowicz, Kubot Make Polish Tennis History
by ATP Staff|
The career trajectory of Jerzy Janowicz continues to rise. At No. 136 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this time last year, the 22-year-old Pole is now a quarter-finalist at a major championship.
Janowicz, the No. 24 seed, kept his emotions in check after losing the first set to strike accurate serves and out-fight Jurgen Melzer in baseline rallies for a 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Court No. 12.
"At the beginning, I had a problem with him [being a] left-hander," said Janowicz. "Luckily, I was able to take the second set. I was still able to keep on fighting. I think I should [have] closed the match in the fourth set. I had the break. I got, maybe, a little bit nervous. But luckily I was able to win this match."
Poland’s last male quarter-finalist at the All England Club was Wojtek Fibak in 1980.
Incredibly, Janowicz will play Kubot on Wednesday thereby guaranteeing a first Polish male Grand Slam championship semi-finalist.
Former World No. 41 Kubot is also in uncharted territory. The 31 year old proved that serve and volley tennis can still be effective on Wimbledon's grass courts in a 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over left-hander Adrian Mannarino, who celebrated his 25th birthday two days ago.
Kubot celebrated the win by doing the 'Can-Can' on Court No. 14.
When Janowicz and Kubot met in the locker room after their matches, they hugged.
"It's unbelievable what is going on right now," said Janowicz. "We have two players in quarter-finals in the men's draw. Right now, tennis is a really famous sport in our country. I hope we'll get more fans."
In his four matches so far, Janowicz has hit a tournament-best 64 aces and won 58 of his 62 service games (.935). He has also hit the fastest serve of The Championships, 140 miles per hour against No. 15 seed Nicolas Almagro in the third round.
Janowicz has been a member of the Top 30 since his run to the BNP Paribas Masters final at Paris in November 2012. Kubot is set to rise from his current position of World No. 130.