Jerzy Janowicz of Poland hits a forehand return during his match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan on the second day of the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 11, 2017. / AFP / William WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Janowicz gets second Kooyong win against Nishioka

Posted on January 11, 2017

Jerzy Janowicz has proved to be the super sub of the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic after winning his second match of the tournament against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

The 26-year-old from Poland followed his win on Tuesday against Tommy Haas, after being asked by tournament director Peter Johnston to play just two hours before the match, with another strong outing.

He overpowered Nishioka in a tight contest 7-6 7-6 in an hour and 31 minutes in another day of warm conditions at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

“Yeah I’m feeling alright, I need matches, I need to play some more matches to get the confidence back,” Janowicz said after the match.

“It’s not easy for me to be back after a long break, you always have to get used to the conditions and the tennis actually because I’m struggling to play.

“I’m sometimes losing my game and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, what now?  So I need to play as many matches as possible to get back.”

The former world number 14 has been largely missing from the tour over the last two years with injury and relished his second competitive hit-out in as many days.

“It’s not easy to play against a small Japanese lefty guy, which is running from the left and right – not missing much,” Janowicz added.

“So I had to put pressure on him all the time during every single shot, I had to be focused on my serve because every single break in those windy conditions is not easy to get back.

“I had to play my game and be aggressive to be on top of the opponent today.”

The big man also showed some good touch throughout the match with a number of well executed drop shots that kept the hard-running Nishioka under control.

“Yes, I like to play drop shots,” he laughed.

“Actually drop shots are quite important for me because it has saved my life many times already.”

Nishioka is ranked 100 in the world and was satisfied with how he played and the tactics he employed against an opponent who was significantly taller than him.

“It was fun, I think I played great but also he played great too and you know it was pretty tight,” the diminutive left-hander said.

“Well it was important for me to return his serve, in the first set it was tough but in the second set I had a couple of chances but he hit a great serve on my break points.

“I think I played very good but today he was better.”

The 21-year-old played his first Australian Open match last year and will be looking to reach the second round next week, something he has only done once in a Grand Slam at the French Open in 2015.

“That’s my tennis I have to move the whole court and then take the rally longer against a big player,” Nishioka added.

“I did a lot of work so I’m feeling really good.”

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