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  • Janowicz jolts Gasquet to reach last eight in Rome

    5/17/13 6:34 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Janowicz jolts Gasquet to reach last eight in Rome Jerzy Janowicz upsets Richard Gasquet on Thursday in Rome. Janowicz's second consecutive ousting of a favored Frenchman sends him through to a quarterfinal date with Roger Federer.

    Jerzy Janowicz powered his way to a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Richard Gasquet in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Thursday evening. Janowicz fired 12 aces over two hours and 21 minutes of play en route to a quarterfinal showdown against Roger Federer.

    Gasquet had dominated their only previous encounter 6-1, 6-4 earlier this season in Indian Wells, and for a while it looked like more of the same would take place in Rome. The ninth-ranked Frenchman saved both of the break points he faced in set one while benefiting from four double-faults by his opponent.

    A crucial moment came with Janowicz serving down break point at 1-1 in the second. Gasquet appeared to have struck a clean winner for 2-1, but the chair umpire--influenced by Janowicz--found an incorrect mark and ruled the shot to be out. Janowicz ultimately held serve then promptly earned a break of his own to steal the momentum. The world No. 24 eventually gave the break back, but he recovered to dominate the tiebreaker seven points to two.

    From there it was full speed ahead for Janowicz, who broke right away for a 1-0 advantage in the decider. Gasquet had one break chance to get back on level terms, but Rome's ninth seed could not convert. Brilliant play by Janowicz during his 5-4 service game wrapped up the proceedings in style.



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