Jerzy Janowicz becomes first Polish man to make Grand Slam semifinal

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LONDON — More than an hour after making history at Wimbledon as the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal, the usually nonchalant Jerzy Janowicz was still in shock.

Jerzy Janowicz defeated Lukasz Kubot in straight sets to become the first Polish man to earn a semifinal berth in a Grand Slam tournament.  SANG TAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SANG TAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jerzy Janowicz defeated Lukasz Kubot in straight sets to become the first Polish man to earn a semifinal berth in a Grand Slam tournament.

“I practiced really tough my whole life. I had some troubles also during my career. You are practicing and working for that kind of moment,” said the 22-year-old Janowicz. “So in my case, it’s not easy for me to control these emotions.”

The 24th-seeded Janowicz beat Davis Cup teammate Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in the first all-Polish meeting in a Grand Slam men’s draw.

“Right now, I’m the most happy person in the world,” Janowicz said later. “This is what I was waiting for. 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.”

Janowicz will face second-seeded Andy Murray in Friday’s semifinals.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Juan Martin del Potro overcame an early injury and beat fourth-seeded David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to reach the semifinals.

Del Potro reinjured his left knee on the fifth point of the match when he tumbled to the ground after losing traction on the slick grass and called for a trainer to check it out. But he kept going and quickly took command against Ferrer.

Del Potro, who beat Roger Federer to win his only Grand Slam title at the 2009 U.S. Open, will face Novak Djokovic, who defeated Tomas Berdych on Court 1.


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