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  • Almagro, Janowicz collide in Wimbledon third round

    6/27/13 10:26 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Almagro, Janowicz collide in Wimbledon third round Suddenly finding themselves in a wide-open quarter of the Wimbledon draw, Nicolas Almagro and Jerzy Janowicz will face each other on Friday. A place in the fourth round is at stake.

    Nicolas Almagro and Jerzy Janowicz will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers and for the second time in Grand Slam action this season when they clash in the Wimbledon third round on Friday. Their only previous encounter came at the same stage of the Australian Open, where Almagro prevailed 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 6-1.

    Janowicz has been inconsistent for much of 2013 in the aftermath of his breakout last fall at the Paris Masters, but some decent results include a quarterfinal appearance in Rome and a third-round showing at the French Open. The 22nd-ranked Pole also reached the last 32 at the All-England Club in 2012 and he has already matched that effort with scalps of Kyle Edmund (in straight sets) and Radek Stepanek (via second-set retirement).

    Almagro has dropped only one set--in a tiebreaker--through two matches while getting past Jurgen Zopp and Guillaume Rufin. The 16th-ranked Spaniard is now 28-12 for the year, which features a quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open and clay-court runner-ups in Houston and Barcelona. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal already out of this section, Almagro's first-ever major semifinal could be in the cards.

    Wimbledon is not the likeliest of venues for such an accomplishment from Almagro, but he is underrated on grass. The No. 15 seed has now reached the third round four times at the All-England Club. Janowicz is extremely dangerous with a booming serve to go along with impressive touch around the net, but Almagro has taken him down once and he should be able to do it again after four hard-hitting sets.

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