Jerzy Janowicz made history Wednesday at Wimbledon becoming the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal after he beat his friend and countryman Lukasz Kubot 75, 64, 64.
For the emotional 22-year-old Janowicz it was a dream come true, but he tempers it saying his journey isn’t done yet.
“Right now I’m the most happy person in the world,” Janowicz said yesterday. “I made semifinal of Grand Slam, my best result ever.
“This is what I was waiting for,” he added. “This is what I was dreaming about. So as I can see, sometimes if you are dreaming about something really hard, it can actually happen. So I’m really happy I was able to reach that far in Wimbledon, but I hope deep down I will still get two more matches.”
Janowicz won the Paris Indoors last fall where he beat Andy Murray, and a year he had to qualify at Wimbledon. Twelve months later the 6-foot-8 beast is threat to win the title.
In the Friday semis, Janowicz meetings 2012 finalist and Olympic gold winner Murray.
“He’s great player,” Janowicz said of Murray. “What I have to say? He’s top player for many, many years. He won US Open last year, so not easy match. Definitely not easy match.
“I was able to win one match against him last year, so I hope I’m going to be able to do it one more time.”
Ranked the same as his age and possessing one of the biggest, fastest serves currently in tennis, Janowicz is on an upward trajectory that could take to the very top of the game. The rise up resumes tomorrow.
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