Wimbledon: Jerzy Janowicz beat Lukasz Kubot to book his place in the last four
Jerzy Janowicz won the battle of the Poles to book his place in the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time.
Last Updated: 03/07/13 6:48pm
The 22-year-old sent down 30 aces against world No 130 Lukasz Kubot as he recorded a 7-6 6-4 6-4 victory on Court One.
With both players impressing on serve they rattled through the games before Janowicz fended off a set point and made Kubot pay, breaking immediately before taking the opener 7-5.
Kubot was proving no pushover in his first grand slam quarter-final appearance and did well to hold serve when his opponent threatened a third-game break in the second set.
The 31-year-old failed to take two break points in the next game though and his resistance was broken in the seventh game when Janowicz capitalised before serving out for a two-set lead.
The third set saw the 24th seed more dominant, winning 100 percent of his first serve points while repeatedly pressuring the Kubot delivery.
Kubot did garner one break point, in the fourth game, which was saved by Janowicz, but he hung in with some fine serving when it mattered.
However, the break almost inevitably came, this time in the ninth game, putting Janowicz in charge and he promptly served out the match before the Davis Cup team-mates embraced warmly at the net.
"I am just really, really happy," Janowicz said. "I didn't expect to be able to go that far in a grand slam, in Wimbledon.
"I am just very happy. I have not many words to say right now. I am just really happy and it doesn't matter if I am the first or second (Pole in the semi-finals). This is my first semi-final and I have nothing to say, basically."
The 24th seed will face either Andy Murray or Fernando Verdasco for a place in the final.