An intriguing match-up is set to conclude the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday as Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz and Lukas Rosol meet for the second time on the professional tour. Janowicz leads the Head to Head series 1-0 with a victory at the 2013 Marseille Open. He will be looking to give himself the necessary momentum boost heading into the Open by winning his first title of the season.
The world No. 52 Janowicz ended David Goffin’s 25-match winning streak on Thursday afternoon and went on to rally from a set down to beat American Sam Querrey in the semi-final round of the tournament. He withstood 18 aces and saved 16 of 20 break points to win the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours and 18 minutes. It was one of his most inspired performances in the 2014 season and a promising showing ahead of the US Open.
“This was a confidence-booster for me. It’s not easy to come back against Sam. If you fight, anything can happen. It means a lot to me, this kind of win. It’s my second final after a long, long time,” said Janowicz,”I have had a nasty losing streak this year and I’m glad to be back.”
Rosol reached the final on Friday with a three-set victory over Yen-Hsun Lu. He defeated the Taiwanese competitor 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 4 minutes of court time.
“I’m happy for this result and I hope it’s not finished yet,” said Rosol. “I was not down in the third set. I was the first one to break. You just have to (mentally) stay in the court. I have some work in front of me and I’m always trying to find the highest possible level.”
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Janowicz leading the head-to-head series 1-0. Considering the momentum he has managed to build up over the week at this event, he could be a force to reckon with on Saturday afternoon.
Prediction: Jerzy Janowicz in Three Sets