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Janowicz Breaks Goffin's Unbeaten Streak

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Lu© Getty ImagesYen-Hsun Lu has yet to be broken in 29 service games this week in Winston-Salem.

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."

Yen-Hsun Lu is one match win away from reaching his second ATP World Tour final of the year. Ninth seed Lu will take on Lukas Rosol in the semi-finals after he defeated No. 14 seed Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 in 83 minutes on Thursday afternoon. The Chinese-Taipei native has yet to be broken in 29 service games this week. He advanced to his first title match in January at the Heineken Open (l. to Isner).

“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.

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