London: Jerzy Janowicz became the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday when he defeated compatriot Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The 22-year-old will face second seed Andy Murray for a place in the final.
Janowicz, the 24th seed, fired 30 aces and 58 winners before breaking down in tears and even exchanging shirts with his Davis Cup teammate.
"I`m just really happy. I didn`t expect I can go that far in a Grand Slam here at Wimbledon," he said.
"Really I have not many words to say right now. I`m just really happy and it doesn`t matter if I`m the first or second from Poland. it`s my first semi-final and that`s all that matters."
Janowicz had already exceeded his best Grand Slam performance by making the quarter-finals and has capitalised on the shock exits of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from his half of the draw.
Kubot, the 31-year-old world number 130, was bidding to become the lowest-ranked semi-finalist at Wimbledon since Vladimir Voltchkov made the last-four as a 237-ranked qualifier in 2000.
Victory for Janowicz will see him rise to at least 17 in the rankings next week which would be a career high for the 2.03m giant from Lodz.
First Published: Thursday, July 04, 2013, 00:22