Showing posts with label Donald Young. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Donald Young. Show all posts

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Young vs Karlovic in Delray Beach Open final

Young vs Karlovic in Delray Beach Open final

Donald Young scored a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 semifinal victory over Bernard Tomic and reached the Delray Beach Open final.

Young will face Ivo Karlovic, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Adrian Mannarino. At a week shy of his 36th birthday, Karlovic, the 2010 runner-up, is the oldest finalist in the 23-year history of the tournament.

Against Tomic, Young hit eight double faults in the swirling wind - two in a row to lose his serve in the fifth game of the first set--but he also saved seven of 10 break points, including two at 4-4 in the second set, another while serving at 3-1 in the third and two more to hold for 5-2.

"I took a two-hour nap before the match and woke up irritated," said Young, who admitted that he was bothered by everything from the way a ball boy handed him his towel to the engine-revving of a courtside promotional car. "Usually those days don't turn out too well."
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Falla upsets Young in Auckland

Falla upsets Young in Auckland

Alejandro Falla beat Donald Young 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the first round of the Heineken Open.

Falla fell behind 4-0 in the opening set before settling into his game, while Young tired and succumbed to 65 unforced errors.

Young had dominated the opening games with a strong serve and heavy forehand, allowing Falla only three points on serve in the first four games.

But Falla improved quickly, recovering to 5-4 before ultimately losing the first set, then staying unbroken in the second and third sets while Young’s serving declined.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Murray wins Thailand Open title after destroying Young

Murray wins Thailand Open title after destroying Young

Andy Murray crushed Donald Young 6-2, 6-0 to win the 2011 Thailand Open title.

Murray was in complete control throughout the match, exploiting the lack of experience and unforced errors from Young.

The world number 4 broke twice to lead of 4-0 in the first set. Young finally got on the board to make it 5-1 but lost the first set when Murray hit an overhead smash winner.

The second set featured more one-way traffic with Murray extending his advantage while his American opponent’s game was marred by unforced errors, winning only three from 27 points in the set.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Young beats Monfils to reach Thailand final

Young beats Monfils to reach Thailand final

Donald Young upset Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 to advance to the 2011 Thailand Open final, his first final at the ATP Tour.

Young was down 4-1 in the final set but was able to get into the match agains to even at 4-4. He won the match on the Frenchman’s eighth double-fault.

"I’m excited, I’m stoked, all the words that mean you’re happy to be in my first final," declared Young. "I’ve seen a lot of my peers make finals and I’m happy to be in my first one. It’s great to beat a Top 10 player of the calibre of Gael."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Young reaches semifinals at Thailand Open, faces Monfils next

Young reaches semifinals at Thailand Open, faces Monfils next

Donald Young defeated Go Soeda 6-1, 6-2 to advance tot he semifinals at the Thailand Open 2011.

“I hope to go further. Every time you make it into a stage, the second time you hope to go further,” Young said. “When you win a tournament you want to repeat.”

“It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests,” said Young. “I had to play well and figure out his game a little bit. I’m happy to move on to the semis, definitely. I like playing here and this year I’m coming with more confidence than I’ve had previously.”

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thailand Open: Donald Young beat defending champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Thailand Open: Donald Young beat defending champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Donald Young beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 7-5 in the second round at the Thailand Open.

Young secured a place in his second ATP quarterfinals, having reached the semifinals in Washington last month.

"It feels great to get a win like that," said Young. "He won the tournament last year. It's a great scenario for me, it's great to move on into the quarterfinal.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Young US Open Interview Day 11 September 8th 2011- 4th Round

Young US Open Interview Day 11 September 8th 2011- 4th Round

Q. Tough luck, Donald. You look pretty bummed out by how it went.

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I wasn't the happiest obviously when I lost. It's not just losing the way I lost. I felt I didn't put my best foot forward and play the way I've been playing the whole time. But, you know, it's been a good tournament.

Q. Did two days, pretty much almost two full days of delay other than that little period you played, were they a momentum killer given what you did earlier in the tournament, how you were feeling, what you were thinking?

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, it was different for me. You know, I haven't had to do that, especially at this level of a tournament, this deep in a tournament. Yeah, probably, you know, to get up every day, getting ready to play and not playing, it's kind of emotionally draining. Not so much physically. You're still waking up early. But, yeah, I mean, for me it probably bothered me quite a bit.

US Open: Murray beats Young to reach quarterfinals

US Open: Murray beats Young to reach quarterfinals

Andy Murray defeated Donald Young 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at the 2011 US Open.

The match was supposed to begin Tuesday, but the players only got in three games Wednesday before rain postponed play again.

Young was in his first Grand Slam round of 16, upsetting Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Ignacio Chela along the way.

Murray quickly took control, as Young had 53 unforced errors. The final two sets were a battle, but Murray's much cleaner and consistent game was the more successful, and he closed it out in under two hours.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Young US Open 2011 Interview Day 7 September 4th

Young US Open 2011 Interview Day 7 September 4th

Q. Andy was asked or told that we've been complaining about American tennis not being very good. Obviously nobody in the second week of Wimbledon. Now there will be at least four American men in the second week here. Nice competition. Do you see an improvement there?

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, I mean, I think the players, we've heard it quite a bit. Not necessarily me all the time, but I'm sure Andy, Mardy, John, James, and Sam have heard it quite a bit. Yeah, it's great. I think that's the way it should be here, especially at the US Open. The crowd support really pull you through a lot of matches. Like I say, I think they've been close. For Andy, James, and Mardy, they've been holding it down for quite a while. They've done well, but the competition around the world has gotten better. I just think it's tougher to do it.

Q. You said that everybody's light comes on at a different time. Has your light come on and why?

Friday, September 2, 2011

US Open: Donald Young wins in 5-set

US Open: Donald Young wins in 5-set

Donald Young upset Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) in the second round at the U.S. Open.

The match lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes Friday.

“In tennis terms Donald Young became a man today,” tweeted Patrick McEnroe.

In 2005, Young became the youngest boy to finish a year as the world’s top-ranked junior player, but he has struggled to find the same success on the ATP tour.

He reached his first semifinal at Washington last month and at No. 84 has his highest ranking since May 2008.

Donald Young US Open 2011 Interview Day 5 - Second Round

Donald Young US Open 2011 Interview Day 5 - Second Round

Q. You're down two sets to one. What happened to Donald Young, whom we worried with from about 15 years and so on?

DONALD YOUNG: 15 years? (Laughter) that would mean I would be like a lot older than I am now. I don't know. Two sets to one down, it was kind of disappointing because I was up an early break in the second. For him to come back and run away with it and then go up a break in the third it was at the time it didn't feel great, but I knew I was in a lot of his service games. Like I was 0 4 in the second set. I just knew if I converted one or two, I could be back in the match.

Q. Where does all this confidence come from and what will you do to continue it?

DONALD YOUNG: I feel like, you know, I haven't won that many matches, but in D.C. and this year I've had the biggest wins in my career and I put together matches in a row. It was quite tough for me to put together two, three in a row. That's a big thing. I could win one match and not another. When you put matching together in a row against players of this caliber, it gives you confidence and you feel like you belong. It definitely helped.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Donald Young US Open Interview - First Round August 30th 2011

Donald Young US Open Interview - First Round August 30th 2011

Q. I have seen a bunch of your matches at the Open over the years. This was in my mind the best you've played here. Do you agree? Is there a reason why?

DONALD YOUNG: Only in the match I played two previously I felt I pretty well on when I beat Guccione in 2007 and the it was the second and fourth set against James that in 2008. But, yeah, today was the first like really complete match I played well and played confident. Yeah, I played well the whole time.

Q. What did the result in D. C. do for your confidence? Did you feel different after that tournament?

DONALD YOUNG: Yeah, for sure. Like to win four matches at that level was great, and to have back to back wins against high caliber guys was great for my confidence. Made me really feel like after this time that I really belonged and could actually, you know, beat the guys on a consistent basis.

Q. Do you like that court? What was the atmosphere like out there?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

US Open 2011: Hewitt, Harrison, Young get wild cards

US Open 2011: Hewitt, Harrison, Young get wild cards

Lleyton Hewitt, Robby Ginepri, Ryan Harrison, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock and Julien Benneteau were awarded wild cards into the men’s main draw at the 2011 US Open.

The eighth berth would be given to the winner of an eight-player tournament this week in College Park, Md.

Hewitt, who won the 2001 U.S. Open, got his entry as part of a reciprocal agreement that allows the USTA to select a player for a wild card into the Australian Open.

Benneteau is France’s nominee for the U.S. Open through that reciprocal arrangement.

Ginepri was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows in 2005, but has fallen to No. 305 in the rankings because of injuries.

Harrison, ranked 78th, reached the second round of the U.S. Open last year before losing in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Johnson is the reigning NCAA champion from USC while Sock defended his title at the USTA boys’ 18s national championships Sunday to earn a wild card for the second straight year.


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Friday, August 5, 2011

Young beats Baghdatis to reach Washington semifinal

Young beats Baghdatis to reach Washington semifinal

Donald Young defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 7-6 to advance to the semifinal at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washing where he will meet Radek Stepanek, who eliminated Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.

“He’s very talented, but it’s a tough world out there,” 2006 Australian Open finalist Baghdatis said. “You have to keep on working. You have to stay with your feet on the ground and keep on working hard and fighting.”

Young played aggressively Friday, looking for openings to rush to the net, where he won the point on 12 of 18 trips.

He won 10 consecutive points early in the first set to grab a 4-1 lead. Baghdatis lacked his usual verve—perhaps a result of being forced to play a pair of three-set matches Thursday—and put only 38 percent of his first serves in play.

“It’s not an excuse, but yeah, for sure, playing six sets yesterday was a tough day. I wasn’t 100 percent ready today,” said Baghdatis, the runner-up in Washington last year. “He played smart. He knew that I was a bit tired. … My hands were a bit tight. I couldn’t just hit the ball the way I was hitting it yesterday.”

Young closed the opening set strongly, serving it out with the help of his only two aces, including one that caught a line on the last point.

Baghdatis picked up his game considerably at the beginning of the second set. He won the first eight points, capped by an inside-out forehand winner that broke Young at love, en route to a 3-0 advantage.

Young, though, got back into the set, shortly after slapping a forehand into the net and admonishing himself by yelling, “Hit it!” Two points later, he broke Baghdatis by smacking a forehand winner down the line, then pumped his fists.

That was part of a four-game run by Young to go ahead 4-3, before Baghdatis broke back for 4-all.

Ahead 6-5, Baghdatis held three set points on Young’s serve—and thought that might have been a turning point.

“You never know. He’s a young kid. Maybe mentally he would give up a bit, just put his head down,” Baghdatis said. “But he didn’t give up.”

Indeed, Young saved all three of those set points. And in the tiebreaker, he won the final three.


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Video: Washing 2011 Thursday Interviews with Isner and Young

Video: Washing 2011 Thursday Interviews with Isner and Young

Enjoy the following interviews with Donald Young, who talks about reachiing his first ATP World Tour quarter-final in three years, and John Isner, who reflects on reaching the quarter-finals at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, in Washington...






Sunday, March 13, 2011

Videos: Nadal, Verdasco and Young Interviews at Indian Wells - March 12th 2011

Videos: Nadal, Verdasco and Young Interviews at Indian Wells - March 12th 2011

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco reflec on their opening second-round wins at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.

Also, American Donald Young talks about his biggest win of his career after beating No. 5 seed Andy Murray in Indian Wells.

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