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  1. Henk
    Henk July 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm |

    Supremely proud of my boy Jerzy!

  2. jlee
    jlee July 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    I love Jerzy’s game and all, but does he have to break down and cry every time he wins a match?

  3. Dan
    Dan July 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm |

    Juan Jose – please keep up your excellent coverage of Mr Janowicz! I particularly enjoyed your extended piece on him from last November, and I am delighted that you continue to give us your excellent insight into his similarly excellent progress.

    Janowicz has reached the semi-finals in just his FIFTH appearance in the main draw of a Slam. I compared this to recent Slam winners and he has beaten all of these guys:

    Nadal – reached first SF in 6th Slam
    Roddick- 9
    Djokovic- 10
    Hewitt- 10
    Safin- 11
    Murray- 12
    Del Potro- 12
    Federer- 17

    …and if that wasn’t enough #JanowiczAwesomeness or #TennisGeekery, I compared our JerzyBoy to some all-time greats:

    McEnroe – 2
    Agassi- 5
    Borg – 5
    Sampras- 8
    Lendl- 9
    Connors- 10
    Laver- 12

    He may have had a bit of a cakewalk to the semis but nonetheless, that is damn impressive. He’s done something that none of his countrymen have ever done, and done it as quickly as Borg & Agassi, twice as quickly as Djokovic and Laver, and over three times as quickly as Roger Federer!

    1. Henk
      Henk July 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm |

      It’s a bit unfair to not take qualifiers into account, in my opinion.

      1. Dan
        Dan July 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm |

        If you play qualifiers, you have to win more matches to reach the same stage as those who entered directly into the main draw, which means your probability of reaching that stage is lower, so taking qualifiers into account wouldn’t be fair.

        A better way of measuring it would be to count how long each player took to reach the semis, counting only the Slams in which they directly entered the draw without having to qualify or receiving a wildcard.

        However, that information either isn’t available or requires considerably more effort to find.

        Even if we take qualifiers into account, Janowicz reached the semi-finals in his 12th Slam, which still compares pretty damn favourably with the top modern players and the all-time greats.

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