The Donald

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  1. bluetrain4

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    He should. When they played at the AO, Kei destroyed him.
     
  2. stringertom

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    Down and out 1R to Jaziri in straights, 7-5 6-4. Disappointing after playing Nishikori tough in Tokyo. That's The Donald for you.
     
  3. rainingaces

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    We need the Donaldson thread and a kozlov thread get on it Stringertom.
     
  4. stringertom

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    Down and out in 1R Stockholm to Leo Mayer in straights.:cry:
     
  5. jaggy

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    Kind of expected that one even if he was playing well
     
  6. stringertom

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    He fought to keep it close...Mayer only converted two of 10 BPs but that was enough with DY not returning much (10%) on Leo's 1st serves.
     
  7. TopDawg

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    7-6 6-4 win today over Berlocq in Basel.
     
  8. jaggy

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    Nice win in Basel
     
  9. Nadal>>>>>Federer

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    Donald to beat Raonic, Nadal and Fed on route to the title
     
  10. stringertom

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    Yes, will continue his 0-2 streak vs lefties.
     
  11. jaggy

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    As much as I'd like him to surprise and beat Raonic, i would like a Raonic-Goffin matchup so I can handle it if he loses.
     
  12. TahoeTennis

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    Donald, you're playing great against Raonic, but don't tell me you got broken in the first game? Nooo!!!
     
  13. Underhand

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    Epic battle of the two most overhyped wannabes.
     
  14. President

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    Honestly, Donald's problem is that he makes way too many errors for someone who doesn't have overwhelming power. He has nice touch and decent wheels, and a pretty heavy and accurate forehand, but he just sprays errors at inopportune times. I hope he can take this set against Raonic.
     
  15. jaggy

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    Into a tie break
     
  16. President

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    The commentators seem to be pulling for Donald too. Maybe they also find Raonic's style a bit irritating.
     
  17. jaggy

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    Very well done The Donald.
     
  18. gut wax

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    Go, man, go!
     
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    WOW< what is that new racket ??????? it is working well right now against Raonic.................
     
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    Yessssssss. Gutsy and well executed serve and volley attempt on his set point!
     
  21. torpantennis

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    Donald's problem is not errors. He lacks real weapons, just getting the ball back is not enough at top30 level.

    As for 2nd set, he was 11/14 at net. That's what he should do more of IMO.
     
  22. President

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    That's what I meant, for a guy who doesn't have huge, obvious weapons, he makes too many errors. There are plenty of guys who are/have been ranked very highly without massive weapons (Robredo, Simon, Youzhny, Ferrer), but they make much fewer errors than Donald does. Donald has good movement and solid technique, just seems to lose focus on some of the big points and make bad errors compared to those guys. I agree that he should go to the net more, and I have seen him trying to incorporate that in the last few months.
     
  23. torpantennis

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    Ferrer FH is so underrated. It IS a weapon, against anybody outside the Big 4.
     
  24. jaggy

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    Raonic is there for the taking today
     
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    I agree with that. I think Donald's forehand can be a weapon too, if he fixes up his sloppy footwork at times and bad concentration. He gets some sick angles with it.
     
  26. torpantennis

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    I haven't seen Donald play that much. But "creating sick angles" is not a high percentage play, maybe that's why all the errors?
     
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    Raonić is a serve 'n' volleyer who can't volley. What a dork.
     
  28. Bukmeikara

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    You saw his last service game?:)
     
  29. jaggy

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    Another breaker
     
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    His concentration or ability to realize key points kills him
     
  31. jaggy

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    Oh the Donald, you had a real chance there
     
  32. Underhand

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    Dorks get lucky sometimes.
     
  33. gut wax

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    Woulda, coulda, shoulda . . .
     
  34. torpantennis

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    Sorry to say it, but Donald's footwork is ugly, and he lacks in moving his bodyweight through/into the shot. His body is often moving sideways or even backwards when he hits the ball. That looks ugly, and is most probably the reason of his errors. No bodyweight behind the shot means no penetration, basic 3.0 level knowledge.
     
  35. rainingaces

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    Why does this thread have so many posts? Sock, Johnson, Querrey and Isner are all better American players. It's got to be because he is black or he is a hype job people still believe in just because of the hype.
     
  36. Nostradamus

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    did Donald pull this one out ? was Raonic upset ?
     
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    What you don't know . . .
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Young_(tennis)
     
  38. stringertom

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    Chalk it up to JaggyGenius! OP recognized early on the appeal to all of us of a giant rollercoaster of a career. We can't wait for the next spin, barrel roll, epic drop or, maybe a huge climb only to fall back to Earth.
     
  39. bluetrain4

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    Sock and Johnson may end up being better, but so far they really haven't had demonstrably better pro careers than DY.
     
  40. ricki

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    I like Donald, too bad he is so unmotivated, it looks like he doesnt really "give it all". Match-ending tiebreak was perfect example of that: After playing 2 hour match he just totally throws away the match wit totally ******** mistakes! Cant understand that. He better get rid of that terrible baseball cap aligned to the side and focus more on his game as he has the talent needed.
     
  41. Nostradamus

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    is it just me or Donald seem to be playing even better with that new racket ???
     
  42. President

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    On the contrary, I think he wanted it too much and wasn't able to control his nerves. Nothing at all to do with being unmotivated.
     
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    It's not dull I agree. Donald doesn't have the drive needed to succeed at the top of pro tennis. One moment he plays a very high level and the next he is not in shape.
     
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    I think you're wrong here, nobody gets to top 100 in the world with fundamental technical flaws-- it just doesn't happen, especially if like DY you're under 6' and not a dominant server.

    Young's strokes and footwork are fine by any reasonable standard, he's just not quite solid enough to hang with the best. His limitations have much more to do with lack of size and lack of composure than with technique issues imo.
     
  45. jaggy

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    DY on court now against Struff in Paris qualies. DY up 7-6 1-1
     
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    DY wins 7-6 6-4 and will face Sijsling for a spot in the main draw.
     
  48. bluetrain4

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    He made the main draw and plays Verdasco.

    Interesting fall swing as he usually plays challengers. Won a couple of matches on the Asia-Europe swing and qualified for Paris. Not a great series of events, but not bad either.

    He's the prototypical 50-100 player now, which is actually much better than when he was down at 150ish a little over a year ago. Let's see if he can make keep it up for a few more years, maybe make a couple of more "decent" runs at slams (for him, 3rd or 4th round), maybe win a lower level tournament, or just simply maintain in the auto-entry into Slam ranking range, which is no small feat.
     
  49. stringertom

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    Dasco is 2-0 vs DY, both in straights. Can The Donald, with this latest stretch of decent effort, reverse the trend? I'm hoping the near win vs Raonic will give him some confidence. DY in 3!
     
  50. jaggy

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    I feel with the fiasco and the Donald anything can happen, should be a fun one.
     

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