WINSTON-SALEM OPEN 2014
Janowicz Breaks Goffin's Unbeaten Streak
by ATP Staff|
Polish powerhouse Jerzy Janowicz handed qualifier David Goffin his first defeat in 26 matches to advance to the Winston-Salem Open semi-finals Thursday. A Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, the 6’ 8” Janowicz is seeking his first ATP World Tour title. The World No. 52 converted four of seven break point chances en route to a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Belgian and next will play American Sam Querrey.
“I didn’t play so well the last few months. Luckily my tennis is looking really good and I am very happy,” Janowicz said. “I felt very confident on my second serve. I was going for it from time to time and I didn’t have any double faults. Someone told me I made 16 drop shots and won 11, so that’s a good percentage.”
Goffin’s unbeaten run since a first-round Wimbledon loss had included three Challenger titles and his first ATP World Tour title in Kitzbuehel.
The unseeded Querrey secured a Winston-Salem semi-final berth for the third straight year after overcoming a first-set deficit to beat fifth seed Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4. The American did not drop serve and fired 22 aces during the two-hour contest, bringing his total to 66 - a tournament high. The 26 year old is bidding for his first appearance in a title match in 2014; he also reached the semi-finals in Houston and Eastbourne.
"I've got a tough match tomorrow against Jerzy," said Querrey. "I'm very happy with these last four matches. I feel like my confidence is going up a lot with every win."
“It feels pretty good, especially prior to the US Open,” said Lu. “I am really happy the way I played today. The whole week, I have not felt any pressure. I look to focus on each match. I played the big deuce points well. I don’t think too much of winning the title, as there is still a long way to go.”
Rosol advanced to the last four when two-time former champion John Isner withdrew from the ATP World Tour 250 tournament ahead of their quarter-final because of a left ankle injury, sustained during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday night.
"I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, one of my favourite stops of the year," said Isner. "It is extra disappointing for me given that it is my hometown tournament. I would have loved to continue to chase my third title here in Winston-Salem in front of these great fans, my friends and family."
In doubles, third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers downed 'Polish Power' Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Winston-Salem Open semi-finals, where they will face Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Marcel Granollers.