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Donald Young Still Only Young?

by Jonas Eriksson


That is what’s on everybody’s mind after the young American (born 1989) beat world number five Andy Murray in straight sets on Saturday (7-6 6-3). There’s been a lot of talk about Young and his talent ever since he had the chance (as a ball boy) to play a bit with John McEnroe and McEnroe afterwards said that “Young has hands like another lefty I know very well”.

Young looked close to a breakthrough in 2008 when he got to the third round in Indian Wells and took James Blake to five sets in the US Open, but in 2009 nothing big happened for him and he mostly stayed on the Challenger level. 2010 was more of the same, winning an occasional match on the ATP level, but definitely not with any consistency.

Let’s see if 2011 marks a change in Young’s fortunes. He has the game, he is a lefty (which is usually awkward to play against), he just need to get the confidence in that he can beat higher-ranked players on a regular basis. His win against Murray might very well be the start of that.

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