Emotional Janowicz polishes off Simon to reach Paris final

Sat Nov 3, 2012 4:08pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Jerzy Janowicz continued to be a thorn in the side of higher ranked opponents as he reached the Paris Masters final with a 6-4 7-5 win over local favourite Gilles Simon on Saturday.

Polish qualifier Janowicz, who beat U.S. Open champion Andy Murray in the third round, used his big serve and his magic touch to see off Simon and set up a Sunday meeting with Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer.

Ferrer, who is looking to clinch his maiden Masters title, dismissed France's Michael Llodra 7-5 6-3 in the other semi-final after saving 10 break points in the opening set.

Wildcard Llodra, who had won his 43 service games in the tournament heading into Saturday's clash, took a medical timeout to have his back massaged while trailing 3-0 in the second set.

Ferrer wrapped it up with a crosscourt forehand winner after one hour 50 minutes.

"I tried to be very focused every time (he had a break points)," Ferrer told a news conference. "I was more aggressive in the important moments."

Llodra, who played serve and volley throughout, was left frustrated by the defeat.

"It's extremely frustrating, because I believe if I was serving first it would have been a different match. I don't remember how many break points I had, maybe ten, in all games I think except one," said the Frenchman.   Continued...

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland returns the ball during his semi-final men's singles match against Gilles Simon of France at the Paris Masters tennis tournament November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier