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Pilot Pen: Day of Defeat for Black Tennis Professionals

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

In tonight's match Donald Young went up against world No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko only to be stopped early in the tournament by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. As is evident though, the Young one put up a valiant fight to try and reach the third round. As a matter of fact, I'm rather impressed. I definitely did not expect this match to go three sets, nor the games to be so close. At 2-3 in the third set, Young broke Davydenko's serve with some beautiful shots, including a drop shot to go up 4-2. Unfortunately Davydenko broke right back. But good show Donald Young!

We all know that it's going to take some time to develop a consistent winning pattern, and that differs player to player (if at all), but the Young one is clearly sending out a message that he is now on the ATP Tour fellas. The apparent difference in the game was Davydenko's first serve percentage which was 66% over Young's 51%.

When asked what this match does for him, Young stated "it obvisously gives me a lot of confidence. It was awesome."

Gael Monfils Edged Out

First up, Gael Monfils. He found out that all the yelling in the world couldn't save him today. Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Monfils in a straight sets win by a score of 6-4, 7-6. Monfils had a 52% first serve rate, 6 aces and 0 double faults. With the exception of a modest difference in first serve points won, the stats were pretty even. I really wish that I had seen this game because it's difficult to know what the turning point was. Whatever they were, Monfils is out. He's so good. Monfils has really got to work on his consistency. Talk to Blake.

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