Pole Janowicz dreaming of a place among the elite

Sun Nov 4, 2012 4:29pm EST
 

By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Little-known Pole Jerzy Janowicz set his sights on a place among the tennis elite after being beaten 6-4 6-3 by fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old's barnstorming run to the final secured a place in the world's top 30 and a seeded place in the Australian Open, the grand slam tournament he skipped in January because of a lack of cash.

Another consolation for the unseeded Janowicz's runner-up finish was a cheque for 234,865 euros ($301,700).

"I have just become a top-30 player so I think I will not have to worry any more about money and I will have good opportunities to fight for an even better ranking," he told a news conference.

"I'm going to be seeded in Australia, that is a huge help. In the small ATP tournaments sometimes I will have a bye in the first round.

"This is a good opportunity to work even harder and to fight for everything. Maybe one day I will become a top‑10 player in the world."

Janowicz beat five top-20 players this week including U.S. Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray.

"At the beginning of this year my goal was to be in the top 100 and suddenly I am in the top 30," he said.   Continued...

 
Jerzy Janowicz of Poland returns the ball during his final men's singles match against David Ferrer of Spain at the Paris Masters tennis tournament November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Cedric Lecocq