Janowicz loses focus to bow out in Wimbledon semis
Jerzy Janowicz had just served up an ace to take a 4-1 lead in
the third set against Andy Murray.
Tied at one set apiece in the Wimbledon semifinals, the
big-serving Pole looked pretty much in control, annoying the
second-seeded Briton with a combination of powerful ground strokes,
slices and drop shots.
But all of a sudden, it all went wrong.
The 22-year-old Janowicz, who was bidding to become the youngest
man to reach the final at the All England Club since Rafael Nadal
five years ago, lost five consecutive games and, soon after, the
match, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
”Such a shame I didn’t play my best tennis today,” said
Janowicz, the first man from Poland to reach the semifinals of a
Grand Slam tournament. ”I was struggling a little bit with my
serve. Everything basically collapsed after this one point when we
were 30-all, third set, (4-2) for me.”
On that point, Murray fired a forehand that hit the tape, crept
over the net and bounced on Janowicz’s side for a winner.
”He was lucky on this point,” said Janowicz, seeded 24th.
Janowicz then missed a drop shot and was punished by a
crosscourt forehand winner as Murray broke back before seizing the
momentum. Even the 30-minute interruption of play at the end of the
third set to shut the Centre Court roof because of fading light
could not help him recover.
Murray, who was at first furious at the decision to close the
roof, said he was surprised by Janowicz’s attitude during the
break, spotting him in a conversation on his phone in the locker
”He seemed very, very relaxed for the semifinals of Wimbledon.
That’s the sort of player he is,” Murray said.
Janowicz, however, didn’t want to talk about it.
”This is my private thing,” he said curtly.
At 22, Janowicz looks like he has a brilliant future ahead of
”He’s obviously young. He has a huge game. He moves very well
for his size. He’s very athletic. I think his physique is kind of
the future of tennis, the way guys are getting bigger and moving
better, as well,” Murray said. ”He’s very unpredictable. He has a
lot of power, but he also has good feel. He has a lot of drop
shots. He very rarely misses them.”
He also had ”fun.” At least that’s what he said when asked to
sum up his Wimbledon experience in one word.
No elaboration on that, though.
”You just asked me about one word,” Janowicz said with a