Ferrer to battle Janowicz for title

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Ferrer to battle Janowicz for title

PARIS - At the start of the year, Jerzy Janowicz couldn’t afford to travel to the Australian Open. Now he’s in line for a major payday, with only David Ferrer standing in the way of his first career title.

Janowicz beat Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to become the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final. Ferrer, the only seed in the semifinals at No. 4, outlasted Michael Llodra 7-5, 6-3.

Ferrer is seeking his tour-best seventh title of the year, which would give him one more than Roger Federer. But the Spaniard is facing a player with nothing to lose.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match because my opponent is playing very, very good,” Ferrer said. “It’s very important for me and for my career.”

The 69th-ranked Janowicz, who was playing in Futures tournaments at the start of the year, defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber (ranked 19), Marin Cilic (15), Andy Murray (3) and Janko Tipsarevic (9).
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