Apologies for the overdue update. The top four seeds bowed out early in Paris this year (Fed withdrew after the Basel final, Rafa is still out with his knee injury, Novak had a baffling loss to Querrey and Muzz lost in an exciting upset to Jerzy Janowicz).
This seemed like prime time for DelPo to step in and perhaps score his first Masters Shield. Alas, DelPo lost in straight sets to part-time racist Michael Llodra. It was not the best of times, but DelPo was probably exhausted after winning in Vienna and Basel. Llodra’s son is very adorable and the little boy rushed out to greet his father after Llodra took MP. DelPo ruffled Teo Llodra’s hair (at 11:55 in the video) as he exited the court, which should earn him one or two more votes for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, am I right?!
In any case, the final is set and Ferru will play Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz for the 2012 Paris Masters title. This is a great opportunity for Ferru to finally win that Masters title, and it’d be a nice story.
Introducing — Jerzy Janowicz?!
21-year old Jerzy Janowicz has been having a stellar run in Paris this week — he came through qualifying and then he beat Muzz, Tipsy and Simon to reach the final. He’s been on the scene for awhile, and he will enter the top 30 after his great run this week. Apparently, he couldn’t afford to fly to the AO qualifying rounds this year — the prize money from this week should give him more financial security, and it’s awesome to see how emotional he was after each victory.
Janowicz’s game has been impressive this week — his serves, his forehands and even his dropshots. I also like his on-court demeanor. He’s mostly calm, although he has a slightly fiery streak — however, he’s not afraid to let loose with emotion after the match is over. He scraped his knee in celebration after he beat Muzz!
Does anyone remember who started the “bloody knee celebration”? That’s right, it was DelPo, who scraped his knee after winning his first title at Stuttgart in 2008:
Everything awesome is eventually linked to DelPo 🙂
After Janowicz beat Simon yesterday, with his combination of forehands, dropshots and lobs, he was in tears. He couldn’t speak in his post-match interview and it was lovely to see how much this achievement meant to him:
Given Bernie Tomic’s recent troubles and my inability to warm to Ryan Harrison or any of the other youngsters, I’d definitely like to see more of Janowicz in the future. I hope Janowicz and Ferru put on a stellar final in Paris.