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Beaten Janowicz still focused on cracking top 10

By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - Jerzy Janowicz was beaten but not bowed after losing to second seed Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday. The Polish 24th seed stunned Murray by taking the opening set in a tiebreak but the Briton found a way to handle his monstrous serve and sealed a 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 6-3 win. Janowicz was disappointed after losing his first grand slam semi-final but remained focused on becoming one of the big guns in the sport.

Murray v Janowicz semi-final halted by bad light

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's Wimbledon semi-final against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz was halted with the Briton leading by two sets to one on Friday as fading light caused tournament officials to close the Center Court roof. Murray was leading 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4 after storming back from 4-1 down in the third but was left angry as the match was interrupted while the roof was closed and the lights switched on.

Tennis: Murray levels Wimbledon semi-final

Andy Murray levelled his Wimbledon semi-final against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz on Friday when he took the second set, 6-4. Janowicz won the first set 7-6 (7/2). The winner will face world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. dj

Emotional Janowicz wins Polish shootout

By Ed Osmond LONDON (Reuters) - If there was any doubt how much it meant to Jerzy Janowicz to reach a Wimbledon semi-final, it was soon evident when the Polish outsider sobbed his eyes out on the famous green turf and struggled to string a sentence together. Janowicz's win was not only a momentous moment for the 6-foot-8 beanpole but also for his country as he became the first Polish man to reach a grand slam singles semi-final after overpowering compatriot Lukasz Kubot 7-5 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday.

Tennis: Jerzy boy hits high notes after crushing lows

Jerzy Janowicz was once so poor that New Yorkers coughed up to buy him tennis shoes at the US Open before his parents sold their sports shop to keep their son on the road. Two years ago, when he was ranked at a lowly 221 in the world, the giant Pole didn't have the cash to buy an air ticket to the Australian Open and in his junior days, he even was offered fantastic riches to dump Poland and play for Qatar. No wonder the 22-year-old native of Lodz collapsed in tears after beating compatriot Lukasz Kubot to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Tennis: Andy Murray reaches Wimbledon semi-finals

Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and keep up home hopes of a first British champion since 1936. The second seed defeated the 54th-ranked Spaniard 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 in a thrilling match on Centre Court. The winner faces Polish 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz in Friday's semi-finals after he beat compatriot Lukasz Kubot in straight sets in their quarter-final. rjm/dj

Tennis: Wimbledon results - 2nd update

Wimbledon results on Wednesday, the ninth day of the 2013 tournament (x denotes seeded player): Men's singles Quarter finals Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x8) bt David Ferrer (ESP x4) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 Men's doubles Quarter finals Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo (CRO/BRA x12) bt James Blake/Jurgen Melzer (USA/AUT) 7-5, 6-0, 6-7 (0/7), 6-4 Women's doubles Quarter finals

Tennis: Janowicz makes Polish history with Wimbledon semi spot

Jerzy Janowicz became the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday when he defeated compatriot Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The 22-year-old will face either second seed Andy Murray or unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco for a place in the final. Janowicz, the 24th seed, fired 30 aces and 58 winners before breaking down in tears and even exchanging shirts with his Davis Cup teammate. "I'm just really happy. I didn't expect I can go that far in a Grand Slam here at Wimbledon," he said.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Tennis-Janowicz sparkles on red-letter day for Poland

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Hammering down serves, bickering with the umpire and even engaging in cheeky banter with his opponent's support team, livewire Jerzy Janowicz roared into the Wimbledon quarter-finals on a momentous day for Poland on Monday. The 24th seed came through a ferocious duel with grizzled Austrian Juergen Melzer, winning 3-6 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with 130th-ranked compatriot Lukasz Kubot.

Tennis: Can he win it? Kubot can-can

Lukasz Kubot may not win the Wimbledon title but he has taken the top prize for the tournament's wackiest victory celebration by dancing the can-can. The 31-year-old Pole, who faces compatriot Jerzy Janowicz in Wednesday's quarter-finals, performs his version of the high-kicking dance every time he wins a match. "It's something that came up a couple of years ago. My team told me, my coaches, that every time I'm gonna play on the big courts, the big tournaments, big events, I should do the can-can after win," explained the world number 130.
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