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Young© Getty ImagesDonald Young celebrates reaching the third round at the Australian Open.

Donald Young battled for over three and a half hours in his second-round match against 24th seed Andreas Seppi, winning 7-5 in the fifth set and advancing to his best result at the Australian Open, a third round set against Kei Nishikori

Cooling down after the match, the 2005 Australian Open junior champion revealed to ATPWorldTour.com about his attachment to gadget cords, his mom, and left it to Serena and Venus Williams to fight over his mixed doubles hand. 

If you could have any other job outside of tennis, what would you like to do?
I would like to say I’d want to be a policeman or firefighter or something, but those jobs are quite dangerous. So I’d have to go probably with a doctor; I like helping people. 

Were you good at science in school?
It really wasn’t my strong suit, no. But I’d like to think I could get better at it. 

What are your travel pet peeves?
I have to have a lot of cords and plugs for my iPhone and iPod and computer. I just have to have back-up for the back-up. I don’t want to be without that. 
 
Who would be your dream mixed doubles partner?
Serena would be great. That would be awesome—or Venus, either one. It would be awesome just to get on the court and play with them. 

What’s the best locker room prank that you’ve witnessed while you’ve been on tour?
I’ve seen a player take the towel from the guy’s shower, so when he finished he had to kind of walk through with nothing on to get a towel.

What’s your ideal way to spend a day off in Melbourne?
Really, I like just hanging out in the room pretty much, and watching the matches on TV. 

What are three things that you couldn’t live without?
Oh man… maybe my mom, that’s pretty important. My phone…no I couldn’t be without my phone. And I’d have to think about that last one, I don’t know. I’ve never thought about that before. 

If you could play against any player, on any court, who would it be and where?
Oh man, I would love to play Pete Sampras at Wimbledon would be great for me. Yeah, that would be awesome.

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