Janowicz reaches Paris final
Qualifier Jerzy Janowicz continued his remarkable run at the Paris Masters by beating Gilles Simon to reach the final.
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The Pole was looking for his fourth major scalp of the week after taking out Marin Cilic, Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic, and once again he proved too powerful for one of the world's best players.
Janowicz, who stands 6ft 8in tall, took the opening set with a single break of serve and, although the second was tighter, Simon was unable to make headway on his opponent's serve and it was the Pole who came through 6-4 7-5.
Janowicz started the season ranked outside the top 200 and playing low-profile Futures tournaments in Britain, but with his run in Paris he is projected to climb into the top 30.
In the final the 21-year-old will meet Spain's world number five David Ferrer, who withstood the challenge of Frenchman Michael Llodra to triumph 7-5 6-3.
It certainly was a challenge, particularly in the first set, where Ferrer staved off 10 break points before finally taking control against wild card Llodra.
With early losses for Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray and the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a player other than that quartet was guaranteed to win a Masters 1000 event for the first time in two years.
Ferrer, who will head straight from Paris to London for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, will be particularly motivated to claim the silverware after losing all three of his previous Masters finals.
Meanwhile, Britain's Jonny Marray was unable to claim a place in the doubles final as he and partner Paul Hanley were beaten by India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 7-5 6-3.
Marray will now head to London to take part in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 alongside his Wimbledon-winning partner Freddie Nielsen.