Janowicz Edges Kyrgios at Sydney International

by John on January 13, 2015


Big-serving Jerzy Janowicz of Poland survived a gallant comeback from Nick Kyrgios to defeat the rising Australian star 6-1, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5)) in the first round of the Apia International Sydney early Wednesday morning. Due to rain showers, Janowicz and Kyrgios had to wait more than two hours to get on court Tuesday night, and didn’t begin until just after 11 p.m. The 2-hour and 2-minute contest concluded shortly after 1 a.m. without any further rain delays. It was the first tournament match for the 19-year-old Kyrgios in almost four months, a hiatus necessitated due to fatigue and a back injury. Janowicz, a former world No. 14, now ranked No. 42, had played into late October and at last week’s Hopman Cup and it showed. The 6-foot-8 Pole blitzed through the first set in just 23 minutes, courtesy of two service breaks and a potent power game. Kyrgios, the top-ranked Aussie at No. 50, got untracked in the second set, cracking his big serve, pounding his forehand and never facing a break point. Janowicz showed no letup either, although he needed to save a set point serving at 5-6. Kyrgios got the only mini-break of the ensuing tiebreaker when Janowicz double-faulted at 6-7. The third set also proceeded to a tie-break, with Kyrgios continuing to serve flawlessly and never affording Janowicz a break opportunity. Janowicz saved a break point in the first game and two more in the ninth, but was otherwise rock solid. With Kyrgios appearing to start cramping, Janowicz captured the only mini-break of the tiebreaker with the Aussie serving at 1-1, and that was all he needed to secure victory. “He’s definitely a dangerous player and he has a huge serve and it’s not easy to return his serve and he moves well, so he really has a huge game,” Janowicz said of his opponent. Kyrgios served 17 aces to 14 for Janowicz and saved two of four break points. Janowicz defended all five of the break points against his serve. “It wasn’t too bad of a match my first match back,” Kyrgios said. “I was happy with the way I performed. Obviously I haven’t had the ideal preparation. My body started feeling it towards the end.”

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