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Old 01-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #12301
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By the way, watched Jerzy Janowicz play Brian Baker late last night in Auckland. Baker came back from a set down to beat him after narrowly edging a second set tiebreaker.

Crazy match. Extremely windy conditions and Janowicz lost his cool with the wind and losing the tiebreaker JUST long enough for Baker to firmly push ahead... It was totally a veteran staying calmer and more mature through a tight, tough situation. Went up 5-1 in the third set and Janowicz was serving down 0-40, triple match point, when he goes on a tear. Comes ALL the way back to 4-5 and deuce on Baker's serve and Baker survived the tough last game to finish it.

Janowicz is cut from a different cloth. He thwarted the first 13 - 13! - straight break points faced, and ultimately won like 17 of 19 of those points in the match. Didn't tense up at all, just lost his cool when he barely lost the breaker and especially with the windy conditions that he showed the immaturity and impatience. Ceiling still SO high, and could win a few rounds at AO.

Also have a strange feeling Tsonga might have a great tournament. Seems primed for that big, next-level run, and he's made it to the finals in Melby before. We'll see. Can't wait for next week to begin.
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