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coasterman9
01-13-2011, 07:44 PM
he plays Alberto Brizzi 5th match on court 8 today.

coasterman9
01-15-2011, 02:19 AM
The Don defeated Alberto Brizzi 6-3, 6-1.

Rob_C
01-15-2011, 02:37 AM
The Don defeated Alberto Brizzi 6-3, 6-1.

Just checked the Aussie Open site to check scores of the matches in Progress to see how DY was doing and it was already over. I guess he wasnt kidding about working hard in the off season. Too bad he didnt have this form last month in the WC playoffs.

coasterman9
01-15-2011, 04:08 AM
Just checked the Aussie Open site to check scores of the matches in Progress to see how DY was doing and it was already over. I guess he wasnt kidding about working hard in the off season. Too bad he didnt have this form last month in the WC playoffs.

Yeah its definitely good to see that he has been putting in the effort. He needs to win tomorrow and get a good draw.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 12:16 AM
wow, he dismantled Van der Merwe 6-3, 6-1! Way to go Donald. Have to see who he gets to play in his 1st Round matchup but very positive performances for sure!

bearitone315
01-16-2011, 12:43 AM
I agree. He didn't mess around during the qualifying tournament. Very impressive and good for his confidence. I hope he gets a reasonable draw.

Also, by qualifying he gets 25 points plus 10 for showing up in the 1st Round of the main draw. If he'd had won the wildcard tournament in Florida, he'd get no points.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 01:28 AM
I agree. He didn't mess around during the qualifying tournament. Very impressive and good for his confidence. I hope he gets a reasonable draw.

Also, by qualifying he gets 25 points plus 10 for showing up in the 1st Round of the main draw. If he'd had won the wildcard tournament in Florida, he'd get no points.

good point, definitely was better for him to qualify.

Rob_C
01-16-2011, 05:44 AM
good point, definitely was better for him to qualify.

Thats only if he made it thru to the MD. Otherwise he would have lost pts from last yr. He still will lose pts unless he makes it to the 2nd rd.

Been checking to see if the MD is updated yet, no luck. Anyways, I think the best matchups for him would be against Phau, Chela, or Cilic, in that order.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 05:50 AM
Thats only if he made it thru to the MD. Otherwise he would have lost pts from last yr. He still will lose pts unless he makes it to the 2nd rd.

Been checking to see if the MD is updated yet, no luck. Anyways, I think the best matchups for him would be against Phau, Chela, or Cilic, in that order.

I was thinking Qualifier, Phau, or Gimeno-Traver. With possible good matches with Istomin, Anderson, or Cilic. Anyways the bottom half Qualys have been placed already just not updated on the draw but they are on the schedule of play already and DY wasn't 1 of them so he has a decent shot of a good draw still.

Rob_C
01-16-2011, 06:17 AM
I was thinking Qualifier, Phau, or Gimeno-Traver. With possible good matches with Istomin, Anderson, or Cilic. Anyways the bottom half Qualys have been placed already just not updated on the draw but they are on the schedule of play already and DY wasn't 1 of them so he has a decent shot of a good draw still.

I misread the draw. Chela isnt drawn to play a qualifier, but the winner of the Chela/Llodra match plays the winner of the Phau/Qualifier match, which would give him a chance to win two matches. The match against Cilic, if he wins, would put him against the winner of the Giraldo/Gil match, another chance to win two matches.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 06:21 AM
Qualies still not placed. Hopefully they get shown in the draw soon.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 08:53 AM
Young drew Cilic. Can be winnable if he continues his play and if Cilic is a bit off his game. Should be a decent matchup for DY.

Rob_C
01-16-2011, 04:41 PM
Young drew Cilic. Can be winnable if he continues his play and if Cilic is a bit off his game. Should be a decent matchup for DY.

They came up thru the jrs together and the only time they played in the jrs, at the '05 Aussie Open, DY won.

coasterman9
01-16-2011, 06:32 PM
They came up thru the jrs together and the only time they played in the jrs, at the '05 Aussie Open, DY won.

Also Cilic isn't in great form as he lost to Nishikori earlier this year. DY needs to win because I think R2 is more winnable if he gets past Cilic.

Josh V
01-16-2011, 07:33 PM
Good luck Don! Hope he can finally have his breakthrough year.

coasterman9
01-18-2011, 03:21 AM
Cilic defeated Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. IMO Young played decent the 1st set and a half, then faded after that. Don't know whats up next for him maybe Honolulu Challenger but hopefully he keeps his head up high after his qualifying results. He seems to dominate Challengers but can't do anything on Tour.

coasterman9
01-21-2011, 10:23 AM
I'm gonna assume the next tournament up for him is Qualies of San Jose.

bearitone315
01-21-2011, 09:44 PM
I'm gonna assume the next tournament up for him is Qualies of San Jose.

That appears to be the case. He seems to be taking an extension of his off-season. I hope he works hard on his game. In the meantime, he loses points from last season, and he will be somewhere in the 140's when the next rankings come out.

After San Jose, he's entered in Memphis and Delray Beach. After that, maybe Indian Wells and Miami. That's the same strategy he pursued last year, with very little success. The good news is that he has few points to defend in the February to April time frame.

coasterman9
01-22-2011, 01:25 AM
That appears to be the case. He seems to be taking an extension of his off-season. I hope he works hard on his game. In the meantime, he loses points from last season, and he will be somewhere in the 140's when the next rankings come out.

After San Jose, he's entered in Memphis and Delray Beach. After that, maybe Indian Wells and Miami. That's the same strategy he pursued last year, with very little success. The good news is that he has few points to defend in the February to April time frame.

Yes and perhaps he can qualify for the French and Wimbledon as well, because he didn't get in last year and those would be a lot of points there.

Anya07
01-22-2011, 09:26 PM
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coasterman9
02-04-2011, 10:10 PM
DY got into the Main Draw in San Jose. He plays Dustin Brown in Round 1. Winnable match but he will need to play well, he needs the points.

coasterman9
02-08-2011, 01:16 AM
Young defeated Brown 7-6(2), 6-4. Good win for him, he will play Berankis or Becker in Round 2.

Feketepuss
02-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Berankis

coasterman9
02-09-2011, 02:49 AM
Berankis

indeed, tough matchup he has a chance but he'll need to play better than he did against Brown.

Feketepuss
02-09-2011, 09:51 PM
Oh dear. He was 5-3 up in the final set, leading 30 love on serve. And contrived to lose four games in a row.

Even when he is winning, Young has such disappointing body language, he doesn't radiate confidence and has no authority. It is hard to believe he is ever going to make the breakthrough and looks condemned to a mediocre career between places 100 and 200 on the ATP list. He hit some fine shots but when his brain is so disfunctional, it is hard to really judge his potential as a player.

coasterman9
02-09-2011, 09:59 PM
Oh dear. He was 5-3 up in the final set, leading 30 love on serve. And contrived to lose four games in a row.

Even when he is winning, Young has such disappointing body language, he doesn't radiate confidence and has no authority. It is hard to believe he is ever going to make the breakthrough and looks condemned to a mediocre career between places 100 and 200 on the ATP list. He hit some fine shots but when his brain is so disfunctional, it is hard to really judge his potential as a player.

This is true but Berankis was 6-4, *4-3 and Young took set 2. Missed opportunity on getting 25 more points, but he will go up about 8 spots or so with his 1st Round win, lets see what he does in Memphis.

coasterman9
02-12-2011, 03:52 AM
Young plays Igor Kunitsyn in Qualifying Round 1 of Memphis.

coasterman9
02-12-2011, 08:45 PM
he lost 1-6, 3-6. After a decent performance at San Jose where he was pretty much into the Quarters, he pulls this off. :rolleyes: Kunitsyn played lights out in the 1st set and Young was about as flat as he can be. 2nd set Kunitsyn's level dropped a bit but Young was pressing so much he couldn't do anything. I guess his next tourney will be in Delray?

coasterman9
02-16-2011, 06:57 AM
looks like it is Delray. His twitter said he was going to Boca to train with Jay Berger. So I would assume Delray is for sure his next stop.

coasterman9
02-19-2011, 03:47 AM
plays Fritz Wolmarans in Qualifiers Round 1.

coasterman9
02-19-2011, 04:06 PM
he won 6-3, 1-0 Retired. He will play Victor Estrella tomorrow at noon.

coasterman9
02-20-2011, 06:29 PM
DY defeated Estrella 6-3, 6-4. Next up will be Kavcic in the Final Round of Qualifiers.

coasterman9
02-21-2011, 08:52 PM
Young lost 6-2, 6-3. :rolleyes:

coasterman9
02-22-2011, 12:51 AM
He got in as a LL! He plays Kevin Anderson tomorrow.

Rob_C
02-22-2011, 02:03 AM
He got in as a LL! He plays Kevin Anderson tomorrow.

Pretty fortunate draw as a LL. They've had close matches in the past, hopefully DY can get on a run here.

coasterman9
02-22-2011, 04:16 AM
Pretty fortunate draw as a LL. They've had close matches in the past, hopefully DY can get on a run here.

With the way he played in Qualies a win here would be good enough for me, but he should have a good chance against Serra as well.

Rob_C
02-22-2011, 04:54 AM
With the way he played in Qualies a win here would be good enough for me, but he should have a good chance against Serra as well.

1st things 1st. He needs to beat Anderson 1st of all, they're 3-3 H2H, but Anderson has won the last 3. If he gets past Anderson, Serra doesnt seem to be the type of player that can hit/serve him of the court, so he should have a chance.

coasterman9
02-22-2011, 07:06 PM
He lost 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 2-6. IMO he played better of the 2 and played really well. The areas that cost him were 0-10 on break points and his doubles which cost him the 2nd break in the final set. I guess Indian Wells will be his next stop. He just hasn't gotten their mentally yet, but he has improved it a little.

coasterman9
03-08-2011, 02:52 AM
He plays Denis Kudla in Indian Wells.

Rob_C
03-08-2011, 05:26 AM
He plays Denis Kudla in Indian Wells.

Pretty good qualies draw for DY. He should beat Kudla, then he should face Ram, who he owns. Plus it sounds like he had pretty good practice coming in playing with Fish & Sampras.

Rob_C
03-08-2011, 05:42 AM
He plays Denis Kudla in Indian Wells.

Pretty good qualies draw for DY. He should beat Kudla, then he should face Ram, who he owns. Plus it sounds like he had pretty good practice coming in playing with Fish & Sampras.

coasterman9
03-08-2011, 09:49 AM
Pretty good qualies draw for DY. He should beat Kudla, then he should face Ram, who he owns. Plus it sounds like he had pretty good practice coming in playing with Fish & Sampras.

Yeah, I think he'll do well because of that reason. I could see Kudla giving him some trouble though. If he wins then he'd play Ram which like you say he owns (5-1 H2H).

coasterman9
03-09-2011, 02:48 AM
He defeated Kudla 6-2, 7-6(4). He plays Rudolf Siwy in the Final Round of Qualies.

Rob_C
03-10-2011, 12:13 AM
DY thru to the MD in straights. He struggled to win the 2nd tho. He was up a break 3-0 but lost it then the match went on serve to the tiebreak. Hopefully he'll get a good draw in the MD.

Score was 6-2, 7-6 btw.

Filo V.
03-10-2011, 03:28 AM
Don drew Starace. If he wins that, he plays Murray. Also has the other seeded player Robredo, Zverev and qualifier Ebden in his section.

With Murray in questionable mental and physical form, the draw is pretty much as good as he can ask, although it obviously would have been better had he drawn Zverev in R1. Don plays a similar game to Murray, just not as good. Hopefully he brings his A game to the court tomorrow, he's the first match on the stadium court.

coasterman9
03-10-2011, 05:54 AM
does he have a good matchup against Potito?

Filo V.
03-10-2011, 03:02 PM
It doesn't seem like it's a great match-up for Don, with that said Poto is not a good HC player so he needs to take advantage of that, and try to make him move. He can't let Starace take control of points.

Filo V.
03-10-2011, 03:18 PM
Don is around 100 points away from top 100 again. The rankings are very packed with a lot of players near the top 100, or inside but with points to defend. This is a great opportunity for Don to take advantage and get a few wins and try to make the FO MD.

tae04
03-10-2011, 09:06 PM
Up 4-1 on Starace in the 3rd. Looks like the nerves are getting to him now. He needs to hold here at 4-3!

Filo V.
03-10-2011, 09:16 PM
Don won 2-6 6-3 6-3! Great win for him. Now, he has the opportunity to play Murray on the stadium court.

coasterman9
03-10-2011, 09:39 PM
DY has a decent matchup against Andy IMO, he just needs to match his groundstokes. Obviously Murray is better at each statistical category but Donald can hopefully account for himself.

jcempire
03-11-2011, 04:27 AM
Good Luck for DY next game

coasterman9
03-13-2011, 12:17 AM
The Don beat Murray!!! 7-6(4), 6-3! Robredo is next.

Filo V.
03-13-2011, 12:34 AM
Now everyone can see what Don is capable of if he believes! He believed he could win and he did it! Great win for Don! I'm so proud. Best win of his career. Hopefully he uses this as a springboard because if you look at the draw now, a QF is very possible. One match at a time, though. Just amazing.

jcempire
03-13-2011, 05:32 AM
Now everyone can see what Don is capable of if he believes! He believed he could win and he did it! Great win for Don! I'm so proud. Best win of his career. Hopefully he uses this as a springboard because if you look at the draw now, a QF is very possible. One match at a time, though. Just amazing.

Completely agree. That may comes the turn point of his career. Best of luck to Donald next Round

Rob_C
03-14-2011, 12:43 AM
I think DY has a good shot against Robredo next. They played 1st rd at the '09 US Open and Robredo won in 4 sets. DY's confidence is probably at an all time high right now, and, most importantly, Robredo isnt going to serve or hit him iff the court, so as long as he keeps his UEs down, doesnt double fault too much, he should be good.

jcempire
03-14-2011, 02:06 AM
I think DY has a good shot against Robredo next. They played 1st rd at the '09 US Open and Robredo won in 4 sets. DY's confidence is probably at an all time high right now, and, most importantly, Robredo isnt going to serve or hit him iff the court, so as long as he keeps his UEs down, doesnt double fault too much, he should be good.

I hope you're right! But I still think Robredo is very tough for Donald. This Robredo maybe even better couple years ago. ANyway, GOOD LUCK D.Young!!!

jcempire
03-14-2011, 02:17 AM
I think DY has a good shot against Robredo next. They played 1st rd at the '09 US Open and Robredo won in 4 sets. DY's confidence is probably at an all time high right now, and, most importantly, Robredo isnt going to serve or hit him iff the court, so as long as he keeps his UEs down, doesnt double fault too much, he should be good.

I hope you're right! But I still think Robredo is very tough for Donald. This Robredo maybe even better couple years ago. ANyway, GOOD LUCK D.Young!!!

coasterman9
03-14-2011, 02:28 AM
If Tommy is on he won't have any problems here. DY has a decent matchup, Robredo's game is kinda similar to Murray, but Robredo won't be mentally drained like Murray seemed to be. DY plays like he did in set 1, he's in for a tough one but if he plays like he did in the 2nd by keeping his UE's down and getting a good cut on each ball then I do think he could prevail.

coasterman9
03-14-2011, 08:33 PM
The Don lost 0-6, 4-6. Played awful in set 1, probably came out with nerves. Played a better set 2 and eventually broke to 4 all and had a great point to go to 15-0 but then double-faulted and eventually lost the game. Mentally he is improving but he needs to keep working with it as well as his physical game.

jcempire
03-14-2011, 10:08 PM
The Don lost 0-6, 4-6. Played awful in set 1, probably came out with nerves. Played a better set 2 and eventually broke to 4 all and had a great point to go to 15-0 but then double-faulted and eventually lost the game. Mentally he is improving but he needs to keep working with it as well as his physical game.

and stay consistent which help him alot

meanpc
03-15-2011, 03:11 PM
I watched the Young match, or what coverage TennisChannel had of it. He was yelling and pouting everytime he made a bad shot. In between sets, a ball boy brought him a towel. He snatched the towel out of the ball boys hand in a really rude fashion, scaring the crap out of the ball boy.

I can definitely see Young's talent and athleticism, but I can't pull for the guy. Comes off like an a-hole instead of as a professional.

coasterman9
03-21-2011, 01:14 AM
he plays Arnaud Clement in Round 1 of Qualifiers for Miami. Tough matchup but he has a decent chance to move on. If he does he would play Dabul or Dancevic.

Filo V.
03-21-2011, 03:33 AM
Well coasterman I agree with you, I was expecting Robredo would beat Don, and I wasn't too sure Don could keep it close, but he did a better job in set 2 of competing. Clearly, he has a lot of work to do, mostly with his belief and confidence. He has a lot of game and has some great offense+counterpunch+defense potential but he doesn't do anything at an elite level and that costs him at the ATP level. But he's still young and improving, time is on his side.

The Q draw is devastating for me, I really like Arno a lot, but I have to pull for Don here because this is in the US and it would be great to see back to back weeks of good runs. The second round will be very hard so hopefully he can just get through R1 and take it match by match.

jcempire
03-21-2011, 01:34 PM
I think DY has a good shot against Robredo next. They played 1st rd at the '09 US Open and Robredo won in 4 sets. DY's confidence is probably at an all time high right now, and, most importantly, Robredo isnt going to serve or hit him iff the court, so as long as he keeps his UEs down, doesnt double fault too much, he should be good.

Of course, That's all about ENergy level. If Donald can't keep force on it that would be very tough

Filo V.
03-21-2011, 04:54 PM
Don is up to #109 in the live rankings. Top 100 is right there for him. He needs to take advantage.

Filo V.
03-22-2011, 12:06 AM
Don beat Clement 2-6 6-3 6-2! Great recovery down a set. Had a hard time closing it out but got the job done. Now plays Dancevic for a spot in the MD so it's going to be tough, he needs to be on his game.

He got passed by Bolelli in the rankings but he's at #110 right now. Hope he keeps winning, the ranking will speak for itself.

coasterman9
03-22-2011, 12:16 AM
If he can beat Dancevic tomorrow, I wouldn't mind him playing another Qualifier or Blake. I think a match with James would be a good match.

Filo V.
03-22-2011, 12:36 AM
There are several openings for a win in the MD. There is a Q v Q, Kamke, Hanescu, Kavcic, Gil. Istomin isn't unbeatable either, and Ljubicic is in questionable health. James would make for a nice match up, I agree, it would surely be a stadium match. If he beat James he would play Bellucci so that would be an opportunity for two wins. I just hope that if he does qualify, he avoids Malisse and Harrison and probably Ljubo, I can see him beating the others.

coasterman9
03-22-2011, 01:22 AM
There are several openings for a win in the MD. There is a Q v Q, Kamke, Hanescu, Kavcic, Gil. Istomin isn't unbeatable either, and Ljubicic is in questionable health. James would make for a nice match up, I agree, it would surely be a stadium match. If he beat James he would play Bellucci so that would be an opportunity for two wins. I just hope that if he does qualify, he avoids Malisse and Harrison and probably Ljubo, I can see him beating the others.

agreed!

jcempire
03-22-2011, 05:18 PM
There are several openings for a win in the MD. There is a Q v Q, Kamke, Hanescu, Kavcic, Gil. Istomin isn't unbeatable either, and Ljubicic is in questionable health. James would make for a nice match up, I agree, it would surely be a stadium match. If he beat James he would play Bellucci so that would be an opportunity for two wins. I just hope that if he does qualify, he avoids Malisse and Harrison and probably Ljubo, I can see him beating the others.

All He can do is keep going and point after point

GO Young. GOOD luck

Filo V.
03-23-2011, 01:13 AM
Don defeated Dancevic 6-1 1-6 7-5!! He was down a break in the third immediately and it was 30-30 at *0-2, but he recovered and pulled out the tough victory! Great win for Don. His confidence is really on the rise and he's believing in himself again.

With this win, he moves up 4 positions in the rankings to #107! Top 100 is almost there.

Hopefully he gets a good draw and can do some damage in the MD.

Rob_C
03-23-2011, 01:38 AM
Don defeated Dancevic 6-1 1-6 7-5!! He was down a break in the third immediately and it was 30-30 at *0-2, but he recovered and pulled out the tough victory! Great win for Don. His confidence is really on the rise and he's believing in himself again.

With this win, he moves up 4 positions in the rankings to #107! Top 100 is almost there.

Hopefully he gets a good draw and can do some damage in the MD.

He's ranked 128 now. With coming thru qualies, he'll get about another 23pts if he loses 1st rd, which should put him around 118.

I think Harrison would be a good draw for him, I think Kavcic would be a bad draw. Kavcic beat him pretty easily in the Delray Bch qualies last month.

Filo V.
03-23-2011, 01:46 AM
Look at live tennis rankings and you'll see he's #107 right now!

http://tennislive.free.fr/

Filo V.
03-23-2011, 01:47 AM
I think Kavcic is a good draw because he hasn't played for a while, and Don is much more confident now than he was then. Kavcic is primarily a clay player and he does not have an overpowering game, so Don can be able to utilize his game. But we'll see what happens.

coasterman9
03-23-2011, 02:24 AM
He drew Istomin. Not sure if its a good matchup, IMO its just like playing Anderson but maybe he'll have a better matchup?

Filo V.
03-23-2011, 02:31 AM
Compared to what he could have gotten it's a bad draw, because Istomin has the type of game Don struggles with, aggressive offensive baseliners. Then obviously Djokovic, which is an almost definite loss. Hopefully he can beat Istomin. Denis hasn't had a great season so Don should have the confidence on his side. Istomin doesn't have a big serve so that also helps.

coasterman9
03-23-2011, 02:35 AM
Compared to what he could have gotten it's a bad draw, because Istomin has the type of game Don struggles with, aggressive offensive baseliners. Then obviously Djokovic, which is an almost definite loss. Hopefully he can beat Istomin. Denis hasn't had a great season so Don should have the confidence on his side. Istomin doesn't have a big serve so that also helps.

seems like return of serves will be important then. Hope he can get the W, then at least gain more experience with playing a top guy like Djokovic.

Rob_C
03-23-2011, 04:44 AM
Look at live tennis rankings and you'll see he's #107 right now!

http://tennislive.free.fr/

Not sure what rankings those are, might be the 2011 pts race, but if you go to the actual ATP site, and check the rankings there, he's 128.

That site is inaccurate. DY has 441 pts right now, he'll get about 23pts if he loses 1st rd in Miami. That'll put him at around 464pts.

Right now Bogomolov is ranked 118 with 460 pts, Prysiezny is ranked 117, with 469 pts.

bearitone315
03-23-2011, 10:11 PM
Those who said the tennislive.free site is inaccurate were correct. Anyhow, it has now been corrected, and DY's ranking is 117 (with 459 points). If he wins today, he'll have 474 points and will rise another place or two.

coasterman9
03-24-2011, 06:23 AM
he lost 6-4, 6-3. Still got points for Qualifying. Up next is Houston Qualies.

Rob_C
03-25-2011, 01:24 AM
Those who said the tennislive.free site is inaccurate were correct. Anyhow, it has now been corrected, and DY's ranking is 117 (with 459 points). If he wins today, he'll have 474 points and will rise another place or two.

I still think it's not 100% accurate. By my calculations, he should get 26 pts for qualifying, which should put him at 467pts. Not sure what position that would put him in the rankings.

He got 61 pts from IW for qualifying and making it to the 3rd rd. 3rd rd gets 45 pts, so the bonus for qualies was 16pts.

bearitone315
03-25-2011, 02:48 AM
I think it's accurate now. He did get 26 points this year, but he lost the 8 points from last year when he won one qualifying round. At any rate, he needs about 60 more points to reach #100 ranking. I don't think there's much chance of getting that in Houston, and that might be the last event before the French Open lists are made. Not sure about that though.

Filo V.
03-25-2011, 02:53 AM
Tallahassee is the final event he's playing before RG cut off. 50K on outdoor hard.

The rankings unfortunately were wrong but regardless, Don has done very well for himself and is one good event away from top 100 again. Even a top 105 should be enough to make RG. Hopefully he recharges this next week and some change before Houston and is ready for the clay. Maybe he'll get a WC for his performances of the last weeks.

coasterman9
03-25-2011, 06:42 AM
Tallahassee is the final event he's playing before RG cut off. 50K on outdoor hard.

The rankings unfortunately were wrong but regardless, Don has done very well for himself and is one good event away from top 100 again. Even a top 105 should be enough to make RG. Hopefully he recharges this next week and some change before Houston and is ready for the clay. Maybe he'll get a WC for his performances of the last weeks.

Isn't clay suppose to be a good surface for him?

Filo V.
03-25-2011, 09:41 PM
Well, depends on his movement. I know he personally likes playing on clay. I've seen him on clay and he's sort of awkward moving on it. His consistent (when he's on) game helps him, but he also will have problems hitting through the court, similar issues he has on HC a lot of times. Houston is severely slow. With all of this said, he will have a high ranking in the Q draw and the MD isn't that great, so opportunities are there for him. I'd be happy with him qualifying and winning a match, I don't expect anything else.

coasterman9
03-25-2011, 09:45 PM
Well, depends on his movement. I know he personally likes playing on clay. I've seen him on clay and he's sort of awkward moving on it. His consistent (when he's on) game helps him, but he also will have problems hitting through the court, similar issues he has on HC a lot of times. Houston is severely slow. With all of this said, he will have a high ranking in the Q draw and the MD isn't that great, so opportunities are there for him. I'd be happy with him qualifying and winning a match, I don't expect anything else.

Yeah isn't it possible he can get the last WC, not that I think he will anyways. So according to this his best surface should be grass then??

Filo V.
03-25-2011, 10:01 PM
Medium-speed HC is probably his best surface. Grass should be a good surface for him, he's not that experienced on it at the pro level.

coasterman9
03-25-2011, 11:05 PM
Medium-speed HC is probably his best surface. Grass should be a good surface for him, he's not that experienced on it at the pro level.

well I just hope this year he can qualify for Roland Garros and Wimbledon, I think if he can and maybe win a match in the MD of 1 of the 2 that his rankings will go up, especially if he can't defend his challenger results from May and June.

Filo V.
04-01-2011, 04:40 AM
If he handles his business the next few weeks he has a great shot at making Wimbledon directly. He still has an opportunity for RG also. If he doesn't make RG he'll likely stay in America to play the challengers and gain points. He's situated himself well but now he has to continue the decent form for an extended period, which he hasn't been able to do in his career yet, hopefully that changes.

coasterman9
04-01-2011, 05:01 AM
It would be nice if he qualified for Houston and then possibly won a match or two in the MD, that would help him a lot. It would put him around 105-110.

Filo V.
04-01-2011, 05:06 AM
Yes, qualifying and winning just one match would be great. Because Tallahassee is where he's gonna have to go all out for the top 100. And that is a big name challenger, a lot of guys are there. Winning some matches in Houston gives him a bit of a buffer.

coasterman9
04-01-2011, 05:15 AM
He should at least qualify for the MD. anything else is good!

coasterman9
04-02-2011, 06:06 AM
He drew Ashok Narayana in round 1. Round 2 would most likely be Polansky. If he got to the final round of qualifying he would most likely play Karlovic. Should win Round 1 easily, he could lose round 2 but I think he'll pull it out. Ivo would be tough but not impossible.

Filo V.
04-02-2011, 06:09 AM
I hate his section. Polansky is a good clay court player and he has a heavy game. However, he's been on and off with his activity due to injury, so I think Don should beat him if they play. However, his R3, likely Karlovic or Chucho Acasuso, will be extremely difficult. We'd definitely rather see him playing Ivo, because with Ivo it's predictable, hold serve, break once in each set or win a tiebreak.

Houston is very slow, so that helps Don's chances with the section he has. His R1 should be a good start to get into form. Hopefully he qualifies!

coasterman9
04-02-2011, 06:14 AM
I hate his section. Polansky is a good clay court player and he has a heavy game. However, he's been on and off with his activity due to injury, so I think Don should beat him if they play. However, his R3, likely Karlovic or Chucho Acasuso, will be extremely difficult. We'd definitely rather see him playing Ivo, because with Ivo it's predictable, hold serve, break once in each set or win a tiebreak.

Houston is very slow, so that helps Don's chances with the section he has. His R1 should be a good start to get into form. Hopefully he qualifies!

agreed, with Ivo he just needs to be on with his returns, Jose's best surface is clay so he'd be more of a challenge.

coasterman9
04-03-2011, 02:35 AM
DY took care of business and beat Narayana 6-0, 6-1. Up next is Polansky.

Filo V.
04-03-2011, 03:15 AM
Well, Peter is a legitimate player at this level so we'll see how it goes. I think Don will win in straights, I hope for the best.

The MD has a couple of great openings for qualifiers, especially in the Becker-Isner section where a qualifier would play the German, who isn't a good clay player. It's up to Don to get the job done in qualifying because opportunities will present themselves if he does.

coasterman9
04-03-2011, 04:24 AM
Why is my gut saying he has a better chance against Acasuso.

Filo V.
04-03-2011, 01:46 PM
Because Chucho is rusty as heck :lol: Also because Don could get into rallies and out-consistent Jose, whereas with Ivo, matches aren't on his racket. Also Ivo just had a great run and seems confident.

The way I see it, if Acasuso beats Ivo, that shows me he's in good form and Acasuso in good form on clay is a really, really good player.

coasterman9
04-03-2011, 09:07 PM
well Young beat Polansky 6-3, 6-4. DY will play Karlovic in the last round of qualies. 1st up at 11am Houston time.

Filo V.
04-04-2011, 01:50 AM
Good win for Don, he served well and did a good job fighting off some break points in the first set. Ivo played for around 2:30 minutes so with the early start Don should look to take advantage of possible fatigue. The match really isn't on DY's racket much, he just has to serve well and put as many returns as possible in to play, if he does that he should win.

coasterman9
04-04-2011, 01:56 AM
I really want to see DY qualify. Even though he may have a LL if Dabul withdraws.

Filo V.
04-04-2011, 04:30 AM
True about Dabul, I'm surprised his name is in the draw still. Is he likely to WD? I don't really want Don to get Ramos because he's a good clay specialist, and then Mardy, a likely loss. If he qualifies I hope he gets Becker or Sweeting. But before I get ahead of myself, I wish he gets the job done v Ivo.

coasterman9
04-04-2011, 05:04 AM
True about Dabul, I'm surprised his name is in the draw still. Is he likely to WD? I don't really want Don to get Ramos because he's a good clay specialist, and then Mardy, a likely loss. If he qualifies I hope he gets Becker or Sweeting. But before I get ahead of myself, I wish he gets the job done v Ivo.

his twitter says he was getting tests done in Houston to let him play and that all he has is an inflammation, so he should be alright, but the chance is still there. He definitely needs to win, to avoid the doubt.

coasterman9
04-04-2011, 06:53 PM
He lost 6-4, 6-4. Just didn't win enough 1st serve returns. Maybe a LL for DY, we will see.

Filo V.
04-09-2011, 11:47 PM
He faltered on his serve a few times as well. But overall, he gained 6 points and every point for him counts, and on a surface he's not at his best on.

Now back in Tallahassee, which is a medium/slow HC, and we saw how he did in Miami/IW on a medium/slow HC so I expect a good result here. He needs to pretty much win the event to make the French. At this point, only a couple of good performances should lock him into Wimbledon, especially with others dropping points.

He plays Grega Zemlja in R1, he has an 0-2 H2H with him, zero sets won. Will be a difficult R1 but, Don seems to be on a different level now so hopefully he carries that into Florida.

out_here_grindin
04-10-2011, 12:20 AM
I would like to see him face Shabaz in the 2nd round

coasterman9
04-10-2011, 12:57 AM
that would be a good match, junior rivals.

out_here_grindin
04-11-2011, 10:23 PM
Just slid past Zemlja today

bearitone315
04-11-2011, 10:46 PM
What a nail-biter!

Filo V.
04-12-2011, 02:08 AM
This is the new Don. Old Don would have lost.

coasterman9
04-12-2011, 03:24 AM
some mental lapses in the final set, but he did pull it out. He's 1-0 against both Kudla and Shabaz. So he should get to the Quarters but then he'd probably play Schuettler. Tougher match.

Rob_C
04-12-2011, 04:23 AM
This is the new Don. Old Don would have lost.

Getting ahead of myself here, but it would be nice to see him go up against Matosevic this tourney to see how far he's come. No to mention it would mean he's in the finals.

Filo V.
04-12-2011, 04:42 AM
That would be a major statement match. MM really embarrassed Don at the end of last year. I'm still scared of them playing each other, but then again, Don is actually playing consistently decent tennis now for the first time since really he made the top 100 for the first time at the end of '07. He needs to get past Rainer most likely in the QF, which will not be easy. Also Shabaz and Kudla are very capable so hopefully he just takes it one step at a time.

Filo V.
04-12-2011, 04:43 AM
Don knows what is at stake in terms of RG and Wimbledon, he says he wants to make the MD of the majors and he's usually pretty focused on his ranking. Last year when he was going to make the MD of New York, he faltered, and then in his attempt to make top 100 he put too much pressure on himself. I really think that was a learning experience for him that he's grown from and maybe now he can use the top 100 as a positive tool for him to play his best and just go for it with no pressure.

bearitone315
04-12-2011, 09:18 PM
Getting ahead of myself here, but it would be nice to see him go up against Matosevic this tourney to see how far he's come. No to mention it would mean he's in the finals.

Matosevic just lost to Guccione in R1. The revenge of Donald will have to wait.

tae04
04-13-2011, 08:52 PM
Well Don won today in 2 sets.

coasterman9
04-14-2011, 09:03 PM
He came back to defeat Rainer Schuettler 2-6, 6-4, 6-2! Up next will most likely be James Blake, would be a good match to watch.

tae04
04-14-2011, 09:45 PM
Yay didn't expect him to win today. Would love for him to beat Blake.

bearitone315
04-14-2011, 10:09 PM
This is the new Don. Old Don would have lost.

You're right about new Don. Today's match reminded me of the Clement match at Miami and the Starace match at IW. In all three, new Don loses the first set badly but rallies impressively to win. New Don must be making mid-match adjustments whereas old Don could not.

out_here_grindin
04-14-2011, 10:16 PM
Great comeback over Schuettler. That's a solid comeback vs a veteran

Filo V.
04-15-2011, 04:57 PM
The French Open cut off came out this week (didn't know it did, a week early), but Wimbledon MD Don can make if he wins this. New Don has definitely arrived. He's mentally tougher, and has more true self-belief. And as beartinone put it, he's making adjustments in his game to turn things around in his favor if things are going negatively. He's maturing and becoming a true professional. But now here comes a big test v Blake.

coasterman9
04-16-2011, 03:09 AM
The Don won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Up next is Odesnik in the Final.

Filo V.
04-16-2011, 03:18 AM
Honestly I expect Ocheatnik to win, but if Don makes it happen, I'll be so happy!! This has been a great week, so happy and proud of the progress Don has made. One more win and top 100 again :)

Josh V
04-16-2011, 11:15 PM
He beat Odesnik! Congratulations Donald :yeah:. Amazing week for him.

Filo V.
04-16-2011, 11:21 PM
Don won 6-4 3-6 6-3!!! Top 100 again!!! What a great run of form he's been on. I'm so proud of him.

coasterman9
04-17-2011, 12:07 AM
The Don is back! Hope he can keep it up, when does Wimby entry list come out.

Filo V.
04-17-2011, 01:49 AM
Comes out in a couple of weeks I guess since the RG cut off came this week. Maybe like 2-3 weeks. I'm just so happy he's back on track. This is basically the best run of form he's had since he made the top 100 in 2007 at the end of the year. He has a few more challengers coming up after a week off to gain more points as well.

coasterman9
04-17-2011, 04:46 AM
Comes out in a couple of weeks I guess since the RG cut off came this week. Maybe like 2-3 weeks. I'm just so happy he's back on track. This is basically the best run of form he's had since he made the top 100 in 2007 at the end of the year. He has a few more challengers coming up after a week off to gain more points as well.

He should get in the MD then, just has to defend Savannah and nothing at Sarasota.

bearitone315
04-19-2011, 10:38 PM
He should get in the MD then, just has to defend Savannah and nothing at Sarasota.

I think you're right, coasterman (and Filo). Wimbledon entries should come out on the week of May 9. DY has 29 points to defend from last year, so one SF or two QF's between Sarasota and Savannah will preserve his spot in the MD. Hopefully, he does even better than that.

bearitone315
04-19-2011, 10:50 PM
That appears to be the case. He seems to be taking an extension of his off-season. I hope he works hard on his game. In the meantime, he loses points from last season, and he will be somewhere in the 140's when the next rankings come out.

After San Jose, he's entered in Memphis and Delray Beach. After that, maybe Indian Wells and Miami. That's the same strategy he pursued last year, with very little success. The good news is that he has few points to defend in the February to April time frame.

Time to review my message from January. DY only earned 33 points in the Feb-April 2010 time frame. This year, he has earned 199 points from Feb to April. That's why he has climbed from the 140's to #98.

Now the other side of the picture. In the May-July 2010 time frame, DY earned 242 points (mainly from Challenger results). Can he match or exceed that in 2011?

Filo V.
04-20-2011, 02:50 AM
The good thing for Don is, he has these next two tournaments coming up where he can gain points, before his Carson and Ojai points come off in late May. He defends over 100 points those back to back weeks, meaning he needs to try to buffer those lost points by performing well on the clay.

Then in late June-early July, he defends over 80 points in back to back tournaments at Winnetka and Aptos. However, after that, he doesn't defend much for the rest of the season. So, he took advantage of the poor start of 2010 he had and gained a lot of points. I think he's in the proper mindset where these things won't affect him too much and he's just going to keep at it, keep working hard, and playing at a virtual home event in Georgia should be a good thing for Donald.

Filo V.
04-20-2011, 02:54 AM
I really hope Don plays and beats Matosevic again sometime soon. That would be a huge win for Don for so many reasons. It really feels like this may be Don's moment for real, not just a flash in the pan.

coasterman9
04-20-2011, 04:26 AM
I don't know whats really been the difference for him, maybe he really is getting more fit, and the coaching he has/has had is helping him.

bearitone315
04-20-2011, 05:23 PM
DY is playing the USTA French Open wildcard tournament this week: http://bit.ly/f7WxaN
I don't know why there are only 6 entrants. Notably absent are Harrison and Sock.

Filo V.
04-20-2011, 06:24 PM
That's a weak draw. Hopefully Don takes it, and doesn't wear himself out too much. Should be great for his preparation for the two challenger clay events coming up.

I think he has improved his fitness and speed, he's definitely gotten fuller. But most importantly, he's more confident. And that's been the key. He's older, he's wiser, and he believes in himself.

coasterman9
04-21-2011, 04:31 AM
Hopefully he wins the WC and gets at least a few wins in both Sarasota and Savannah to avoid dropping in the rankings.

coasterman9
04-21-2011, 10:02 PM
He beat Collarini 6-0, 6-2 today. Plays Smyczek tomorrow for the WC.

Filo V.
04-21-2011, 10:18 PM
Domination. Don should beat Tim, 2-1 H2H advantage, confident and he should be better on clay. Hope he gets it done. Back to back major direct MDs would be a good thing for Don, a reward for his play this season.

coasterman9
04-21-2011, 10:33 PM
He's 6-2 against Smyczek. He could possibly play Rome too, he's 5th on the ALT list for qualies, could play in Nice qualies as well. Be nice to see him in one of these two tournaments to prepare him for Roland Garros.

bearitone315
04-21-2011, 11:35 PM
I really hope Don plays and beats Matosevic again sometime soon. That would be a huge win for Don for so many reasons. It really feels like this may be Don's moment for real, not just a flash in the pan.

Matosevic is entered in both Sarasota and Savannah. A showdown is possible!

bearitone315
04-21-2011, 11:42 PM
He's 6-2 against Smyczek. He could possibly play Rome too, he's 5th on the ALT list for qualies, could play in Nice qualies as well. Be nice to see him in one of these two tournaments to prepare him for Roland Garros.

The H2H is indeed 6-2 (2-2 in the last 4 meetings). Maybe it will be a real battle. It will be best of 5 sets, correct?

I don't see how Don can play Rome, especially if he goes deep in Savannah. Also, he is not on the Nice Qual list. I guess he could ask for a wildcard if he wins tomorrow and doesn't have to play FO qualies.

Filo V.
04-21-2011, 11:54 PM
Yeah, the H2H is 6-2, I was looking at their 2010 H2H stats only :o

Filo V.
04-21-2011, 11:55 PM
But the important thing is, Don won the H2H last year and has a clear advantage in this matchup. It would be nice to see Don play one of the qualifying events on clay in Europe, I'm guessing if he beats Smyczek he will for some practice before RG.

Filo V.
04-21-2011, 11:57 PM
Matosevic is entered in both Sarasota and Savannah. A showdown is possible!

Yes it is :aplot:

I really don't like Matosevic at all so it would be great to see Don wipe the floor with him. On clay that could very well be possible.

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 08:32 PM
Donald won the first set 7-6(4)

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 09:01 PM
Smyczek won set two 6-4. One set all.

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 09:50 PM
Smyczek won set three 6-3. 2-1 set lead for Tim.

Tim is playing in Boca Raton, so this is somewhat of a home event for him, he's a Florida boy, and lives in Tampa.

coasterman9
04-22-2011, 10:11 PM
He lost to smyczek in 4 sets. He will have to qualify to get into the French open, probably better for don anyways so he can get some points. Hopefully he does well in sarasota and savannah.

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 10:12 PM
And based on what he wrote on his twitter, something bad happened :lol: :tape:

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 10:13 PM
You can probably see why Don has been so motivated this year. I guess as a big "fuck you" to all of his doubters and those who he feels have wronged him.

coasterman9
04-22-2011, 10:21 PM
I wonder what happened? Anyways he needs to get over it and prepare for sarasota

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 10:24 PM
Honestly, this will probably help him for next week, if the reason he lost is more mental than physical or tactical, then he'll probably use this anger as fuel. At least I hope so.

coasterman9
04-22-2011, 10:26 PM
Maybe he got some bad calls? He seems upset and mad in his last tweet. Be nice if he could win one of the next two tourneys.

Filo V.
04-22-2011, 10:38 PM
May be something like that. Taking a guess, it came off like he felt they were conspiring against him. He just needs to use this as more motivation and not get off track. I actually expect more from him now these next two weeks and he needs to do well so things don't snowball out of control.

jcempire
04-23-2011, 01:33 AM
Go young.....come on man

coasterman9
04-23-2011, 10:57 PM
Tough draw for dy. He plays giovanni lapentti in round 1 then either a rematch with Blake or matosevic. After that if he gets that far the draw opens up.

Filo V.
04-23-2011, 11:13 PM
Lapentti is more of an HC player, but he can also perform on clay. He's 14-7 in challengers this year. It won't be an easy match, Don has the type of game to beat Lapentti, however.

His R2, obviously, will be very hard to win regardless of opponent, but the fact it's on clay will help him. If he makes it to the QF, he'll likely play Eric Prodon, a clay specialist. So, the draw is winnable, but very tough. He'll need to be on good form immediately.

Rob_C
04-23-2011, 11:46 PM
Lapentti is more of an HC player, but he can also perform on clay. He's 14-7 in challengers this year. It won't be an easy match, Don has the type of game to beat Lapentti, however.

His R2, obviously, will be very hard to win regardless of opponent, but the fact it's on clay will help him. If he makes it to the QF, he'll likely play Eric Prodon, a clay specialist. So, the draw is winnable, but very tough. He'll need to be on good form immediately.

He's beaten Pablo Cuevas on clay, so Lapentti should be beatable as well. He just beat Blake on hard in Tallahassee so meeting him on clay shouldn't be intimidating. I'd love to see a matchup against Matosevic tho.

I'm guessing he's done getting invites to the USTA WC Playoffs in the future so he's probably gonna have to do it on his own from now on.

Filo V.
04-24-2011, 12:02 AM
He's been mainly on his own with some small help from USTA for at least these last two seasons, which have been probably his two most consistent seasons at the main levels of the game. The whole USTA drama is now something he can put behind him without question, and use as an extra motivational boost in the future.

I think he'll beat Lapentti in 3 sets or a tight first set and walkaway in the second. He's probably the slight favorite based on form at the moment. Lapentti is 5-5 on clay this season. Blake was ahead a break in the third set on Don so that's a match that will be tricky, and Blake isn't awful on clay. However, the fact it's on clay undoubtedly gives Don the advantage.

I'd prefer he play Matosevic and beat him. That would make a major statement and should put the issues of last year with MM behind him.

bearitone315
04-24-2011, 01:29 AM
Every round in Sarasota looks tough. Don has his work cut out for him. Of course, the same was true in Tallahassee, but he got it done. Can he do it again?

Now as far as using anger to his advantage, very few players ever made it work that way. Maybe Connors and Mac did, but I doubt Don is one of those types of players. I think the recent blowup will hurt him.

coasterman9
04-24-2011, 04:04 AM
IMO it won't really get him more motivated or less. If he could win the title here, that would be awesome! I at least hope he gets past Lapentti then i'll look at each matchup in my mind. He undoubtedly has a tough draw though.

Filo V.
04-26-2011, 11:38 PM
Don beat Lapentti 6-2 3-1 ret. The first set was pretty competitive, Don had to save a few games from 0-30. Had an opportunity to go up 4-0, then had to save break point at 3-*1 and did. Hard to take much out of the match, we'll see where he's at when he plays a better opponent.

Now we await the winner of the Blake v Matosevic match.

Rob_C
04-27-2011, 01:29 AM
Don beat Lapentti 6-2 3-1 ret. The first set was pretty competitive, Don had to save a few games from 0-30. Had an opportunity to go up 4-0, then had to save break point at 3-*1 and did. Hard to take much out of the match, we'll see where he's at when he plays a better opponent.

Now we await the winner of the Blake v Matosevic match.

DY actually moved up 3 places in the rankings, so another win might guarantee DA into Wimby even if he doesnt defend last yrs semi-

Blake won the 1st set against Matosevic, and it's on serve right now. I definitely like his chances against Blake, not so sure about Matosevic, but, if it is MM, and DY gets past that, I think its pretty much smooth sailing to the semis, and for the rest of the yr.

Filo V.
04-27-2011, 01:41 AM
That's true about Wimbledon. Sarasota is two weeks earlier than last year and a week ahead on the schedule over Savannah, and that means Don has an extra week here to put some points in the bank. Another couple of wins would be nice. A lot of players around him are defending points so he's in a good situation. I think Matosevic would be a better match-up than Blake, even with the losses last year. But I have faith Don can beat James again.

Filo V.
04-27-2011, 01:42 AM
Don is also on the RG qualifying entry list. Should get a top 5 seeding.

Rob_C
04-27-2011, 02:15 AM
Well, Blake it is, next rd.

Looking for DY to take him out again, Blake's not nearly as dangerous on clay as on hard, plus he is getting older.

Filo V.
04-27-2011, 02:21 AM
It's going to be tight, clay will give James more time to hit the ball hard and cleanly. At the same time, it's going to blunt some of his power, and give Donald more time to defend. Don needs to serve well most importantly, his strengths (returning, consistency, moving, variety) match-up well with James' weaknesses.

Filo V.
04-29-2011, 02:18 AM
Don lost 6-7(3) 5-7. James got out to a *4-1 30-15 lead and it looked like it could be a cakewalk. But Don won 4 games in a row and had set point on James' serve at 5-*4 40-30. Unfortunately he didn't take it, and in the tiebreak, he DFd twice. In the second set, Don had chances in almost every serve game but James would come back every time, until James broke Don for the match. His serve percentage wasn't high enough and he struggled with the second serve.

Hopefully this loss doesn't damage Don. These type of losses can have an affect in the next week. At the same time, Don can look at it as if he would have taken advantage of his opportunities he would have won. Hope for a better result next week in Georgia.

coasterman9
04-30-2011, 11:02 PM
Young plays Dancevic in Round 1 of Savannah. Then he would play Cook or Witten then most likely Van Der Merwe in the Quarters. His draw is a bit challenging but he should get to the Semis, which would be his result from last year. I could see him winning here, but he needs to at least get to the Semis.

Filo V.
04-30-2011, 11:53 PM
Dancevic is a very winnable match, on clay, the surface suits Don and Don already beat Dancevic just a while ago. Don should make the SF comfortably. Then things will get tricky, Blake/Russell/Smyczek/Zemlja likely in the SF round. What's most important is he defend his points and he has a good opportunity in doing so.

bearitone315
05-02-2011, 03:41 AM
Matosevic is entered in both Sarasota and Savannah. A showdown is possible!

Showdown in Sarasota didn't happen, as both lost to Blake. Showdown in Savannah is unlikely, as both need to reach the final.

Don needs to win 2-3 matches here to preserve Wimbledon MD spot. The draw seems to bit easier than last week.

coasterman9
05-03-2011, 09:18 PM
DY beat Dancevic 6-1 6-2. Good result for sure. He plays Witten next which he has a bad record against but all sets have been close. I believe he'll get the win this time.

Filo V.
05-03-2011, 09:54 PM
Witten has that counterpunching type game and veteran professionalism that has given Don issues, but I agree that he should win this time. To beat Dancevic that badly, he clearly is on a good level. He's playing basically a home event so I expect motivation to be at it's highest.

coasterman9
05-04-2011, 05:10 AM
Young is 1-0 against Witten on clay though hope he wins!

tae04
05-05-2011, 08:19 PM
He won. Don't know the score.

coasterman9
05-05-2011, 09:16 PM
He won. Don't know the score.

Good job DY! Up next is Yani, very winnable match. Should he win he will have defended his result from last year. He would then play Blake or Russell.

Filo V.
05-05-2011, 09:20 PM
Good and expected win for Donald. He's taken advantage of the draw so far, now he has another very winnable match tomorrow. Winning tomorrow would 100% assure him of making Wimbledon so hopefully he takes advantage.

coasterman9
05-05-2011, 10:50 PM
If he can win the title here, that would be even better. C'mon DY!

Filo V.
05-08-2011, 12:36 AM
Well Donald is into the final. He beat Yani 6-1 ret. in the QF, and then defeated Russell 6-4 6-1. He's had an extremely easy week and easy path to the F, but now things will get tough, as he played Odesnik in the finals again. Don beat Wayne a few weeks ago in Tallahassee, but this is clay. A win here would really solidify a top 100 position even with the Carson points coming off soon, and serve as a major springboard for RG qualifying. Hopefully he takes the title!

coasterman9
05-08-2011, 12:55 AM
C'mon 1 more! If he wins he will pass Russell and take the 88th spot. More importantly it will help him buffer out his good results from last year.

Filo V.
05-08-2011, 11:20 PM
Don unfortunately lost to Odesnik 4-6 4-6. Had opportunities in both sets, didn't take them. Odesnik is very good on clay so it's no shame in losing to him on the surface. Now Don will be heading to Europe to participate in RG qualifying, and then grass events. He needs a decent result or two as a buffer for the Carson points that are coming off soon.

T4L
05-16-2011, 10:06 PM
Why did Young pull out of the French. Or did he get WC to MD?

Rob_C
05-17-2011, 05:31 AM
Why did Young pull out of the French. Or did he get WC to MD?

According to reports, he suffered a wrist injury at the Savannah Challenger and is resting till grass court season.

Say Hey Kid
05-17-2011, 03:14 PM
According to reports, he suffered a wrist injury at the Savannah Challenger and is resting till grass court season.

Surprise, surprise.

I think DY is :bs:

This is the 3rd year in a row this clown has skipped RG qualies, and he thinks he deserves an outright wildcard?

coasterman9
05-23-2011, 10:13 PM
Hmm...How does DY's game suit the grass? Seems to me like it will be a tough surface for him, unless he can incorporate the serve and volley game.

T4L
05-23-2011, 11:19 PM
Hmm...How does DY's game suit the grass? Seems to me like it will be a tough surface for him, unless he can incorporate the serve and volley game.

Well given he lost in the 1st round of qualies of Wimbledon 2 years in a row, but that was with little no warm up. So I would say hopefully 3rd times the charm for Young.

Filo V.
05-23-2011, 11:36 PM
It doesn't suit his game well, but maybe with some preparation and practice he'll improve. He's out of the top 100 with the loss of his Carson points so he needs a few good results.

jcempire
05-24-2011, 03:54 AM
Go Young

No more chance when time expire

tae04
05-25-2011, 05:02 PM
Well doesn't he automatically qualify into Wimbledon? I'm sure the cut off was weeks ago.

jcempire
05-25-2011, 05:43 PM
Well doesn't he automatically qualify into Wimbledon? I'm sure the cut off was weeks ago.

Yes. I think so

coasterman9
05-28-2011, 09:14 PM
Hope he can take a few wins in Nottingham this week.

T4L
05-28-2011, 10:02 PM
Hope he can take a few wins in Nottingham this week.

So far he will be the 4th seed so hopefully he might.

Filo V.
05-30-2011, 04:46 AM
Donald plays a qualifier in R1 of Nottingham. All things considered, he got probably the best draw he could hope for and should be able to win at least 1-2 matches. I don't expect a lot from him on grass and especially given he hasn't played in a while with his wrist problems, but hopefully he has a good week this week in England and take steps back into regaining his top 100 spot.

coasterman9
05-30-2011, 11:31 PM
he plays Conor Niland in Round 1. I think its a winnable match, then he would play Van der Merwe which will be a bit tougher.

Filo V.
06-01-2011, 05:05 PM
Don got destroyed 3-6 1-6. His serve stats are beyond horrible, really not even high-level professional stats. He won 14 serve points and held one out of eight serve games. He did break 3 times and won nearly half of return points but it wasn't enough.

I'm guessing he either was adjusting to grass or is still injured, because no disrespect to Niland, but Don has no business losing like this to a player of his ability.

Next up: Queens.

T4L
06-01-2011, 10:05 PM
Here comes the slump

Rob_C
06-06-2011, 10:41 PM
DY won his 1st rd at Queens in 3 sets. He plays the winner of Karlovic/Andersen next, won't be easy. But, at least he made up some of the pts he lost from the Carson Challenger.

jcempire
06-07-2011, 04:23 PM
Keep going DY. GOOD LUCK

Filo V.
06-07-2011, 11:43 PM
Donald plays Anderson tomorrow. Don lost to Kevin earlier this year in Delray Beach, he had opportunities to win in straights but eventually lost in three. Will be difficult to win but if he returns well he can maybe pull off the upset.

jcempire
06-10-2011, 06:18 AM
hope to see him play better in coming Wimbledon

coasterman9
06-11-2011, 09:52 PM
He got past Ben Mitchell 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3. Then he beat Santiago Gonzalez 7-6(3), 6-4 in Round 2. He plays Denis Kudla in the last round of qualifying. Hope he can get the win, he could use the points.

tae04
06-12-2011, 01:05 AM
decent wins esp 2 in a day

tae04
06-13-2011, 04:58 PM
Glad he picked up the 3 wins that he should have. I really think he could make the quarters here. With the opening round with Cox and Seppi/Kamke in the 2nd round. He won't get many ATP main draws this light.

Rob_C
06-13-2011, 06:07 PM
Yeah, Cox is still competing on the Futures Circuit, Seppi & Kamke are pretty much clay court players. Also, he's getting great prep for Wimby. So far he has 4 wins in 6 matches on grass. All he needs is a decent draw at Wimby to be able to win a couple of rds.

coasterman9
06-14-2011, 04:27 AM
He has to take advantage of this draw. Dolgopolov lost in Round 1 to Berlocq so he could make a deep run, but we will see.

coasterman9
06-14-2011, 12:54 PM
DY won 6-1, 7-5. Seppi is up next.

Rob_C
06-14-2011, 03:22 PM
Yep. 32 more pts in the bank. I think he has a good shot against Seppi and I would like to see a rematch against Berlocq, who double bageled him at the Lipton back in like '05. It'd be great for him to get back in the top 100 soon so he can make the US Open cutoff and not have to depend on a WC.

tae04
06-14-2011, 06:24 PM
Hewitt just lost too. So this is a grand opportunity to break through in a tournament. But I don't want to get my hopes up. I think Seppi is still the favorite on paper, but Don needs to breakthrough here.

Rob_C
06-14-2011, 07:27 PM
He beat Starace earlier in the yr, Seppi is the same type of player, about the same size, 2HBH, prefers clay. Don needs to get that slice serve working for him in the ad court like he did against Berankis at San Jose.

Filo V.
06-14-2011, 08:40 PM
I think Seppi is a pretty clear favorite, but I hope I'm wrong and Don wins. If Don wins then a SF is definitely possible.

Rob_C
06-17-2011, 12:17 AM
Don didnt get it done against Seppi. The match stats were interesting tho. DY served 82% 1st serves for the match. There were no break pts in the 1st set, DY was 1/4, Seppi 2/2 on break pts in the 2nd.

He needs the pts to replace those falling off from last summer so hopefully he gets a good draw at Wimby.

coasterman9
06-17-2011, 10:22 AM
DY drew Bogomolov in Round 1, very winnable but will be tough. If he wins he'd play Chela or Qualifer/LL.

Filo V.
06-17-2011, 12:45 PM
Let's be honest, Don has the best draw he'll probably ever have if he wants to make a run in Wimbledon. Bogo is a tough match, but it's one he needs to win. I think he'll struggle to win his R2, though. First things first, he needs to win his R1. Hopefully he can get the job done.

coasterman9
06-17-2011, 12:52 PM
Yeah, he really should be able to make the 3rd round but we should see. I could see berdych losing to bennateau. Chela wouldn't be impossible for Don on grass. How do you think he matches up with bogo?

Filo V.
06-17-2011, 12:59 PM
I think he matches up well from the standpoint he has more weapons and should be able to move Bogo around, but not well from the standpoint that he's not a huge server, and Bogo will probably break him a lot. I expect tons of breaks. Bogo is also more consistent than Don is. They're pretty even leveled players.

The probability of Don winning his R2 match comes down to who the qualifier is. Chela, IMO, isn't a good match-up for Don anyway, but on grass that changes a bit. We'll see what happens, I really just want to see him win one match, which would buffer his ranking as he defends a SF and F in back to back challengers.

coasterman9
06-17-2011, 01:12 PM
He doesn't have much points to defend after this patch though. He should be back in the top 100 by years end.

Filo V.
06-17-2011, 02:45 PM
That's true, the fall of 2010 wasn't kind to Don, after he got sick. Hopefully he will be 100% through the rest of the year. Most importantly, he needs to make the USO directly, as he can't rely on the USTA to give him another WC.

tae04
06-17-2011, 05:33 PM
Good luck. Hope he wins 2 rounds.

bearitone315
06-17-2011, 05:56 PM
I agree DY has a good draw. He avoids a seeded player in R1 and R2. He NEEDS to win these. Bogo is having a great year. After being a career Challenger player (and spending most of 2010 ranked in the 200's), Bogo is ranked #80 now and will be even higher after this week. Career highs at age 28! Like DY, Bogo has a victory this year over Murray.

Baghdatis#1
06-17-2011, 08:07 PM
GL at Wimbledon! :bounce:

coasterman9
06-17-2011, 10:42 PM
I believe his half starts on Monday.

jcempire
06-18-2011, 02:21 AM
Good luck

coasterman9
06-18-2011, 10:12 PM
Matosevic-Young could be a Round 2 match if they both win.

tae04
06-18-2011, 10:37 PM
Well Young always loses to Matosevic so would not be a good match. Seppi won his first title this week, wish they could have been Donald

tae04
06-20-2011, 01:07 PM
just pathetic choke of a 1st set from Young

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 01:57 PM
just pathetic choke of a 1st set from Young

just about did it in set 2 but he broke back and held to level it at 1 set each.

tae04
06-20-2011, 02:07 PM
Yes, I just knew this match would be full of breaks and tight. Not fun to watch those tight moments. Don should be cruising up 2 sets.

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 02:37 PM
He lost set 3, he better not throw in the towel.

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 02:46 PM
and he goes down 4-0 to start the 4th

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 02:54 PM
finally decides to show up in set 4, probably too late now.

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 03:00 PM
well he lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

tae04
06-20-2011, 03:06 PM
Yea typical bull crap. LOL. Should have easily won the 1st. The mindset would have been totally different, sure he just threw in the towel easy after the 3rd.

He's has 2 draws to kind of break through and win some winnable rounds, but it's not happening.

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 03:11 PM
Yea typical bull crap. LOL. Should have easily won the 1st. The mindset would have been totally different, sure he just threw in the towel easy after the 3rd.

He's has 2 draws to kind of break through and win some winnable rounds, but it's not happening.

He should've taken set 1 then would've been up 2-0 and who knows. He still has a lot of work to do to get to top 50 as he wants to be. To be honest though he played well, probably had more winners to unforced errors. The problem that he had was he got too passive, he jumped out in set 1 and won set 2 because he was aggresive at the right times, he got impatient in the last 2 sets and just got happy returning the ball.

Rob_C
06-20-2011, 03:15 PM
How did the 1st set go??? It sounds like he was up, then got broken back and eventually lost the set.

coasterman9
06-20-2011, 03:20 PM
he got the break on Bogo's 2nd service game and held up to *5-4, saved 5 or 6 break points (also had 2 set points) before succumbing.

T4L
06-20-2011, 04:38 PM
Donald Young needs to start taking names and smacking bitches if he wants to get anywhere on the tour.

bearitone315
06-20-2011, 05:14 PM
Alas, another lost opportunity.

Filo V.
06-20-2011, 05:18 PM
Donald's mental fragility exposed itself and when the going got tough at the end of the first three sets, he faltered. Unacceptable result, and this is going to hurt him in terms of his ranking, as now he'll need to basically win one of the two challengers coming up to get into the top 100.

jcempire
06-20-2011, 05:58 PM
Can't believe on it. Unacceptable Result.

coasterman9
06-26-2011, 05:34 PM
Young has a good draw at Winnetka as the 3 seed. Semis should be a lock, not really a reason he shouldn't win the title here.

coasterman9
06-29-2011, 09:01 PM
Young won his first 2 round matches and play Robby Ginepri in the QF.

jcempire
06-30-2011, 06:37 AM
Young won his first 2 round matches and play Robby Ginepri in the QF.

Come on YOUNG

coasterman9
06-30-2011, 08:19 PM
Don defeated Ginepri 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Thus defending points from last year. He plays Bobby Reynolds next, very winnable match.

Rob_C
06-30-2011, 08:56 PM
Don defeated Ginepri 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Thus defending points from last year. He plays Bobby Reynolds next, very winnable match.

Beauty!! He used to own Reynolds, I think he beat him the 1st 4 times they played. I think Reynolds got him the last time they played, in Ojai, plus once in the last rd of qualies in Miami.

But, after the year DY's been having, I'd expect him to win this match, and the whole tournament.

Edit: DY's 6-2 against Reynolds.

coasterman9
06-30-2011, 09:10 PM
He should beat Reynolds then it would be a tough one against Blake but also one he could win.

coasterman9
07-01-2011, 08:13 PM
He lost to Reynolds 6-4, 7-5. Missed a shot at some much needed points. Newport next up and he'll need to do well there.

Rob_C
07-02-2011, 06:54 AM
Well, at least he defended his pts from Winnetka last yr. He has 55 dropping off after Aptos, but at least he's MD in Newport. He needs those 55, plus another 15-30 pts, depending on how everyone else does defending their pts, in the next 2 wks to get main draw at the US Open.

So, if he wins a couple of matches in Newport that gets him 45 pts, then he's about 25-40 pts short of MD. Meaning he would need at least semis at Aptos. If he got to the semis of Newport, that would do it.

Lets hope for a good draw.

coasterman9
07-02-2011, 04:13 PM
Yeah I agree, hopefully he gets a WC to Aptos because he didn't sign up for it initally. I think he'd defend most of his points there if he gets in. A few wins at Newport would be nice, and he's going to have to do well in Atlanta too.