From the Daily Fail
I hope Murray folds under pressure from his home crowd, says Janowicz ahead of semi
Jerzy Janowicz hopes Andy Murray folds under the pressure of the British public’s expectations in their Wimbledon semi-final.
The Scot secured his place in the last four in remarkable fashion on Wednesday evening, recovering a two-set deficit to sneak past Fernando Verdasco in five.
All that now stands between him and a second consecutive All England Club final is big-hitting Janowicz, who struck a remarkable 30 aces as he powered past fellow Pole Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
The imposing 22-year-old, standing at 6ft 8in, is the youngest Wimbledon semi-finalist since Murray four years ago and Poland’s first man to have reached the last four of a grand slam.
But, unlike the man he will face on Friday, anything else now comes a bonus for Janowicz.
There has not been a British men’s singles winner at Wimbledon since 1936 and the Pole believes the pressure of a baying nation may work in his favour rather than to Murray’s benefit.
'I hope Andy will feel some kind of pressure,' Janowicz said. 'I’m sure he feels some kind of pressure because Great Britain is waiting for the English (sic) champion in Wimbledon.
'So we’ll see. I’m not thinking right now about this match. I have still one and a half day to recover, and we will see how it going to be.'
Janowicz was taken aback by his victory, dropping to the deck before embracing Kubot and swapping shirts. He was still in a state of shock in the post-match press conference and his eyes were bloodshot from crying.
'It will be a really cool match, a really nice atmosphere there,' Janowicz said. 'For sure the crowd will not really help me, but we’ll see how it’s going to be.
'This is my first semi-final ever, so I don’t know what to expect.'
The pair have faced each other twice previously, boasting a win apiece. Janowicz beat Murray on his way to the Paris Masters final last autumn.
'He’s a great player,' Janowicz said. 'He’s been a top player for many, many years. He won the US Open last year, so it’s not an easy match. Definitely not an easy match.
'I was able to win one match against him last year, so I hope I’m going to be able to do it one more time.'
Janowicz’s biggest weapons are his forehand and booming serve. Lashing down the ball at 140mph on several occasions, the Pole has clocked the fastest serve at the All England Club this fortnight - something Kubot knows all too well after today.
'It’s very difficult to play such a player who is serving bombs,' Kubot said.
'And the variation of the serve is very good, which gives him a high percentage of winning the points.'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2355233/Wimbledon-2013-Jerzy-Janowicz-hopes-Andy-Murray-folds-pressure-home-crowd-semi-final.html