Re: USO R1: Novikov def. Janowicz 6-2, 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-3
Being Polish, this loss hurts even more as this could be one of the muggiest I've seen in tennis history. I wanted to see what Jerzy had to say about this but he was as tight-lipped as always when the match didn't go his way. Some interesting tidbits:
"In a hard-fought match on Court 10, one of the outside courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the legendary U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Polish star Jerzy Janowicz blew his cool several times in the direction of the chair ump, a prim and schoolmarm type who refused to be ruffled and told the young man, all six and a half feet of him, to stop second-guessing the line judges and get on with the match. That seems to have made the young Jerzy -- he is 22 but his place of birth was lost in translation when I spoke to him, for reasons that will become apparent -- even more angry and he slammed his way through the end of the second set and took his fury into the third.
It appeared his opponent, 19-year old Dennis Novikov, was going to crumble, intimidated by the Polish charge.
Instead he dug in after nearly blowing the second set tiebreak after taking a 6-1 lead, and falling apart completely in the third set. He took a deep breadth (literally), shook his head a few times, smiled inwardly (it showed outwardly), and put his serve back to work. Dennis Novikov, who is nearly as tall as Janowicz but bigger, more muscular, has a very, very big serve.
Jerzy Janowicz, after the match, was dejected, surly. He did not want to talk to anyone."
I would post other stuff but the writer really mugged up the potential interview and a polish reporter swooped in for the real story. I have yet to find that transcript online.