So if you haven't heard already Donald Young can't seem to beat this Australian player named Marinko Matosevic. It all started in Indian Wells earlier this year when Donald should have won and blew 5 match points. Here is Matosevic's take on what happened that day:
The first time we played at Indian Wells in qualifying I had no right to win, I had played a marathon match the day before that lasted three and a half hours. I had no right to beat him the first time and it was a third-set tiebreaker and I saved five match points.
Fast forward four months to the Aptos challenger where Matosevic played Young in the final. Young was up a break in the first and leading before Matosevic came roaring back and beat him 6-4 6-2. Allegedly during a changeover in the first set when Young was leading 4-2 Matosevic had some words with the umpire about line calls and Donald got involved in the argument.
Now we fast forward another three months to the Sacramento Challenger where a second seeded Donald Young is drawn to face the unseeded Matosevic in the second round. Marinko was able to win the match easily 6-2 6-3. Donald posted a tweet on his Twitter account following the match and is as follows:
Still a prick. Find a way man. Stop letting it effect you. Last time.
Now fast forward to last week where Young was due to face Matosevic in the semifinals. The match ended up being a boil over 6-3 6-0 and here is what Donald posted on his Twitter account post match:
Still on wild goose hunt for the bolts some chumps took out of my rims! Jus to be annoying.
When being asked about the rivalry following their match in Calabasas Marinko had this to say:
I just match up well against him. Maybe it’s mental. He didn’t shake my hand after I beat him the last time in Sacramento and I think he has a problem with me. But that’s OK. There may be a little bit of gamesmanship going on out there. But tonight I didn’t do anything. As Mike (Loo) the tournament supervisor said I was on my best behavior.
Not shaking someone's hand after a tennis match is about as low as it gets. I think this is a prime example of one of the reasons the Don will never step up to ATP level consistently. His ego is getting in the way of him actually being able to produce solid tennis, regardless of the opponent. What ever the case is the next three challengers in the US may invite us into a countdown to the fifth meeting between the two, or as I like to call it Young - Matosevic V.