US OPEN 2011
Roddick, Ferrer Advance; Young Stuns Wawrinka
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The 29-year-old Roddick improved on his first-round performance, which saw him drop a set to Michael Russell, as he restricted his unforced error count to 13 and converted all five of his break point chances.
Fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer put paid to American James Blake’s hopes, defeating the Yonkers native 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Ferrer benefitted from 51 unforced errors from the racquet of Blake as he broke serve five times from 12 opportunities.
The 29-year-old Ferrer seems to be finding his form after his US Open preparations were hampered by a left-hand injury that forced him to withdraw from Montreal before he suffered a third-round exit in Cincinnati. The Valencia native reached the semi-finals in New York in 2007 (l. to Djokovic), and matched that Grand Slam performance at the start of 2011 when he reached the last four at the Australian Open (l. to Murray).
World No. 84 Donald Young caused a stir on Court 17 as he won back-to-back matches at a major for the first time by ousting Swiss No. 14 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(7), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) in four hours and 20 minutes. The 22-year-old American recently began to show signs of fulfilling his once widely heralded potential when he reached the Washington semi-finals (l. to Stepanek). He also beat World No. 4 Andy Murray earlier in the year at Indian Wells.
“I haven't won that many matches, but in D.C. and this year I've had the biggest wins in my career and I put together matches in a row,” said Young. “It was quite tough for me to put together two, three in a row. That's a big thing. When you put matches together in a row against players of this calibre, it gives you confidence and you feel like you belong. It definitely helped. I just had to grow up a little bit. I think everybody's light comes on at their own time. Hopefully mine is coming on now.”
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