The Donald

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  1. WildVolley

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    Never thought he'd pull through. I went away during the second set and watched again and it was the fifth!

    Now that Gulbis withdrew, I expect him to have a good shot at the second round too.
     
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  2. okdude1992

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    Donald Young to the 4R?
     
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  3. The Green Mile

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    Did anyone watch the whole match? I want to know how they played. Simon has been in some bad form after his Grass season, so I didn't expect much from him, but to blow a 2 sets lead against Young? First time Young has done this. Pretty nice to do it in front of a home crowd though...
     
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    Green, two set, up 3/love in the 3rd. Ouch!
     
  5. The Green Mile

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    o_O Wonderful....
     
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  6. Moose Malloy

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    stats are pretty crazy on this match, its hard to see how Simon lost. he won a higher % of 1st & 2nd serve pts, had more break points, won 9 more points, hit 4 more winners, and made 25 less unforced errors!
     
  7. bluetrain4

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    Donald isn't the caliber of player for whom you can just assume a result, one way or the other. I think he has an excellent chance in the second round, but there's a real chance he could lose, no matter if his opponent is ranked lower. That's the nature of DY-level players
    True, but it's always a matter of which points. And, tennis fans like myself can get distracted by point and game totals, when it's sets that matter. I'm wondering if a lot of Simon's stat advantage came in the sets he won. The match thereafter was pretty back and forth. DY was never really comfortably going to win.
     
  8. bluetrain4

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    First 2.5 sets were as you'd expect. Simon more consistent, more experienced, better point constructor, and DY making too many errors at bad times. DY comes back from 0-3 down in third with the typical comeback formula of some timely good play mixed with his opponent's untimely bad play. Simon seemed to be weirdly unnerved at that point and the first six games of the fourth set he just sort of lost it (in terms of focus, not that he got angry or freaked out or anything); made more errors than normally -- and at bad times. But, again, DY actually did do something to create some of those errors. DY said after the match that once he was down 0-3 he decided that if he were to go down, he'd go down swinging. But, he really didn't start blasting from everywhere. In fact, he had quite a few grinding points, where he was patient and played great defense. He won some impressive long points. So, he gets up 5-1 in the fourth, but loses one break, and ends up winning 6-4. The fifth set was a back and forth affair with a lot of service breaks. Spotty play by both players, but good play too. It wasn't clear who would win until the very end.

    And, again, I don't know why Simon came so unfocused after he lost his 0-3 lead in the third. It happens, and surely its happened to him before. He was still up 2 sets to 1, yet he just seemed unfocused in the 4th until it was too late.
     
  9. nytennisaddict

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    Just to add, in the post match interview, he said he was getting his "*ss kicked" so he was just going to go down swinging and make him earn it (which I interpretted to mean he was going to grind it out)... which I found to be very mature, and atypical of younger-DY,
     
  10. bluetrain4

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    I didn't see the "make him earn it" portion of that statement in the article I read. So, when he said he was "going to go down swinging" I thought he meant being super aggressive and going for shots, which as I stated in my earlier post, isn't what he actually did - he did grind some and overall played much more patiently waiting for a chance to go for it.
     
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