Winston-Salem Open, North Carolina
Men’s Final: [CR33] Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. [CR52] Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Janowicz lost the match because he played not to lose instead of playing to win. Even knowing that he had won their only encounter, he did not believe. He had every opportunity to win this match, yet choked every one away. You cannot go into any match, much less a final, and not take advantage of the opportunities.
There was no reason the match should have gone to a third set, yet, that is why a match must be played. Unfortunately, sometimes it is not always the better player that comes away with the win, but the player that was more opportunistic. This was a blow to Janowicz, as well it should be. Hopefully he can walk away from this loss taking some positives from his play; however, it will be a bitter pill for him to swallow.
All credit to Rosol, he fought to the end and even when he was down match points he never stopped fighting. The difference between the two players, Rosol believed in his skills. He believed that he deserved to win and that he should win.
SCORE: Rosol d. Janowicz, 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5