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Poland have had a tremendous Wimbledon Championships in 2013.
Agnieszka Radwanska is the highest remaining seed in the ladies’ semi-finals, and the eastern European nation are certain to boast a player in the last four on the men’s side too, with Jerzy Janowicz meeting Lukasz Kubot.
24th seed Janowicz will be a firm favourite against the unseeded Kubot, who is typically considered more of a doubles specialist but has made a surprise run to the quarters.
Janowicz’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric.
This time last year, he was ranked 136 in the world, and the 22 year-old only made his Grand Slam debut at last year’s Wimbledon.
His breakthrough moment was at the Paris Masters, when he defeated both Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic along the way to reach the final.
Now ranked 22 in the world, Janowicz would be ranked in the top ten if he won the tournament, and the 6’8″ giant possesses all the weapons to do so.
His height naturally gives him both a tremendous trajectory and speed on his serve, as well as a colossal wingspan, and of course swings of his long arms provide huge power.
In addition, Janowicz is a surprisingly good mover on grass for a man of his size, and possesses good variance to his game.
It is rare that such a tall player favours the drop shot, with the likes of Juan Martin Del Potro and Tomas Berdych more pure power hitters.
Still, there are factors in Kubot’s favour – with the fact that the two players have never met on court before giving him at least the element of surprise.
Kubot’s doubles prowess mean that he has fine abilities at the net, which is always a boon on grass, and though all but one of his finals appearances in both singles and doubles have been on clay, the slower pace of the surface at Wimbledon means he cannot be ruled out.