Friday, November 2, 2012

Polish qualifier shocks Murray in Paris

   Jerzy Janowicz fell to the court, held his head in his hands and wept as if he had just won Wimbledon.
   The 21-year-old Polish qualifier actually had saved a match point and shocked third-ranked Andy Murray, this year's U.S. Open and Olympic champion, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Thursday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
   "This was the most unbelievable day in my life," the 6-foot-8 Janowicz told reporters. "I beat Olympic champion, U.S. Open champion. Unbelievable feeling for me. Still, I have feeling like in few minutes I'm going to wake up and it's going to be everything gone.
   "I don't know actually what I supposed to say because it's really hard to describe this feeling. It's not easy for me to talk about this week, because I had really tough moments in my life. This is like a movie for me."
   Janowicz's parents, former professional volleyball players, sold shops and apartments they owned to help his career.
   "I'm from Poland, and I know it's not easy to become professional tennis player," he said. "Actually, I have problem with sponsors. I was fighting my whole life with money, so this week is really important for me to get some sponsors, to get some help."
   Janowicz is ranked 69th after beginning the year at No. 221. He has beaten three top-20 players in the BNP Paribas Masters -- No. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 15 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Murray -- and will meet No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in today's quarterfinals. The match will begin at about 4 p.m. Paris time (8 a.m. California time, Tennis Channel).
   Murray, 25, won the first two of his 24 career singles titles at the 2006 and 2007 SAP Open in San Jose. His loss in Paris leaves the tournament with none of the Big Four.
   No. 1 Roger Federer withdrew to rest for next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London. No. 2 Novak Djokovic fell to Sam Querrey on Wednesday, and No. 4 Rafael Nadal has been out with knee tendinitis since losing in the second round of Wimbledon to Lukas Rosol.
   Querrey, a 25-year-old San Francisco native and part-time member of the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis this year, beat 14th-seeded Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (1). Raonic, 21, will seek his third straight SAP Open singles crown in February, when the tournament will be held for the 125th and last time before moving to Rio de Janeiro.
   Querrey will face Michael Llodra, a 32-year-old French wild card, today at about 9:30 p.m. Paris time (1:30 p.m. California time). Lodra upset seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion coming off titles in Vienna and Basel in the previous two weeks, 6-4, 6-3.
   Del Potro toppled Federer, the hometown favorite, in the Basel final to snap a seven-match losing streak to the Swiss star. Del Potro also victimized Federer for his only Grand Slam title.
   In doubles, Paul Hanley and Wimbledon champion Jonathan Marray surprised top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan, former NCAA champions from Stanford, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 10-5 tiebreak to reach the quarterfinals. The 34-year-old Bryan twins won the Paris title in 2005 and 2007.
   Capitals -- Kolleen McNamee has been named the general manager of the Capitals, the team announced.
   McNamee, formerly the athletic director at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, has been involved in sports as a player, coach or adminstrator for 35 years. She played soccer at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and was inducted in the school's Hall of Fame in 2004.
   McNamee replaces Jayna Osborne, the wife of 74-year-old Capitals co-owner Ramey Osborne. Jayna took over in June after 28-year-old Matt McEvoy left to run the Open, a PGA Tour event in the Silicon Valley.
   The Capitals have won a record six WTT titles, most recently in 2007. They lost to the Washington Kastles in this year's WTT Finals, 20-19.

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