Arguably the most intriguing match taking place in the BNP Paribas Masters tomorrow is the final match on Court Central between World No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Player Profile) and up-and-comer Jerzy Janowicz (Player Profile). This is the second time they meet on the tour, with the first being in the Montreal Masters, where the Spaniard won a competitive but short contest. This promises to be another entertaining match-up. Check out the Nadal v Janowicz Head to Head.
Prior to his win earlier today, Rafa was coming off back-to-back tournament losses starting with the Beijing tournament, where he lost to Novak Djokovic and followed up with a semi-final loss to World no. 5 Juan Martin Del Potro at the Shanghai Masters. It is an understandable drop in playing standards after his scintillating comeback season where he returned from a career-threatening knee injury to claim two of the four Grand Slam titles this year , as well as five Masters 1000 titles to boost him back in the No. 1 spot. This is his first time back in Paris since 2009 and he will be looking to win a record sixth Masters tournament heading into the year-end championships but understands that Janowicz can prove to be a tougher task on an indoor court.
” I have to improve a lot for tomorrow.” Nadal said about Janowicz. ” I hope to be ready to do it. Tomorrow will be a tough match. I had a very tough one against him in Montreal this year. I’m going to try to play aggressively, play with more intensity than what I did today.”
The Polish no. 1 defeated Santiago Giraldo 7-6, 6-3 earlier today in strong showing to reach the third round. He will have a much tougher contest against the top seed but he will certainly have his advantages on an indoor court. The up-and-comer enjoyed a successful run here in Paris last year, with 5 top 20 wins en route to the final of the tournament. Janowicz holds a 27-19 overall record and a 2-8 record against top 10 players this season.
While Nadal holds a 1-0 lead in the series, it was a competitive contest between the two and came during the Spaniard’s peak point in the season. The Polish youngster is comfortable on the indoor court in Paris and could use his big serve to bother Nadal and make for a more intriguing match. If Janowicz can put together a strong showing, he could possibly upset Nadal and stunt his momentum heading into the Tour Finals.
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