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Janowicz victory proves there’s sentiment in tennis yet

Posted 11-08-2012 at 11:33 AM by Philip Oliver
The men’s tennis circuit has been dominated for years by a band of three or four superb players that consistently set standards far higher than the rest of the ATP.

Roger Federer’s rise to prominence in the early 2000s was soon followed by the emergence of Rafael Nadal, and recently Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have swooped in to join the small band of brothers.

This dominance has meant the top four enter ATP tour tournaments and Grand Slams expecting to win reflected in the latest Tennis odds. The draws often plot routes usually drawn up for semi-final berths between the quartet and the focus directed at them alone.

However, as good as they undoubtedly are, the success of these four does leave of the tour to scrape around for the odd title and resign themselves to knowing they will never be quite ‘the best’.

This all changed on Thursday however as young Pole, Jerzy Janowicz, surprised Betfair Tennis markets by defeating Murray 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Despite the shock of Murray’s defeat – in which he had match point near the end of the second set – the sheer delight on Janowicz’s face as he struck the winning shot down the line was a joy to behold. The 21-year-old collapsed on the floor, staggered by his accomplishment and exhausted by the process.

He got up, shook Murray’s and the umpire’s hands and immediately ran to his coach, who had helped guide him through three qualifying rounds just to make this round. It was like he’d just won Wimbledon.

Tennis, albeit mainly reserved for the upper echelons of the game, can still produce tear-jerking moments through the rankings. Success is not only for those at the top and Janowicz’s emotions after the match proves sentiment and greatness is not just a right of the top four.
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