Peter Gojowczyk has had a fantastic start to his 2014 season.The German began his year at the Doha open, where as a qualifier, he defeated Blaz Kavcic, Dominic Thiem, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Dustin Brown before succumbing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in his first ever ATP World Tour semi-final. While he lost the match to the Spaniard, he proved to be a tougher task than many expected. Peter won the first nine points of the match, breaking Rafa and shooting to a 3-0 lead. The world No. 1 would break back soon after to level the score at 3-3 but Gojowczyk was prepared for challenge and eventually snatched the set 6-4.
The 24-year-old would lose the following two sets but left Qatar satisfied with his achievements that week.
Arriving in Melbourne riding significant momentum, Gojowczyk worked his way through the qualifying stage but would lose in the first round of the main draw to Victor Hanescu in a tight three-set battle. While dissapointed with the result, Peter followed up by heading back to home soil in Heilbronn, Germany for an ATP Challengers event.
The Dachau native worked his way through the draw, defeating Dustin Brown, Mirza Basic, Michael Berrer, Jiri Vesely and world No. 62 Igor Sijsling to lift the trophy in front of his fellow countrymen. The win raised Gojowczyk ranking to world No. 99 – his debut inside the Top 100 in the rankings.
“I was very nervous today, but then I got Igor under control. I think I could read his service pretty good. I’m very happy and want to reach the Top 50 as soon as possible.”