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2 Poles advance to Wimbledon quarterfinals

  • July 1, 2013 - 1:50 PM

LONDON — Poland will send two men into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time after 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz and 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot each won five-set matches Monday.

They'll play each other Wednesday with the winner becoming the country's first Grand Slam semifinalist.

The big-serving Janowicz reached as high as 137 mph while outlasting Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Kubot defeated Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The remaining Polish woman in the draw, Agnieszka Radwanska, also advanced to the quarterfinals with a three-set victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

The last Polish man to make the quarterfinals at a major was Wojtek Fibak, who advanced that far at the last three Grand Slams in 1980.

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