Friday, September 2, 2011
Donald Young, USA
American Donald Young owned, and took control of his game today in a way that he hasn't previously. It was clear from the onset of his match with Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka that Donald was in a mode of focus that kept him sufficiently centered to see the match through no matter what the outcome.
The outcome, however, was nothing short of incredible. The 84th ranked 22-year old who received a wild card into the Open, literally took the match that appeared to be in Wawrinka's pocket mid fourth set.
The steadiness that Young embraced to win the fourth set, endure a bit of a see saw in the fifth and just dominate the tie-break to win this match was powerful to watch.
Taking the 7-6 (7), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) win in 4 hours, 20 minutes set the Open up for a Friday that it could not have anticipated.
This win matches his best performance at a Grand Slam by reaching the third round, which he also accomplished at Flushing Meadows in 2007.
Donald's next opponent is World No. 24 Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.
Keep it moving forward Donald, what a win!!!
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