Friday, February 29, 2008
ATP TENNIS ... MEMPHIS
DONALD YOUNG - JONAS BJORKMAN
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Pre US Upen, last year there was a lot of hoop-la about Donald Young, who despite being barely 18, already had a Nike contract and was being written about in non tennis magazines.
Long time readers of the blog and/ or email service, might recall that we backed him to win his opener, at the last grand slam event of the year, which he did, that preview can be viewed here .....
To cut a long story short, he stuck to Challengers after the US Open, playing 7 events all on hardcourt, 3 indoors and made 4 finals in total.
I have been waiting for him (a long time) to show a little form this season, he started rather slowly, young US male players often take a while to win outside of their own country, not sure quite why that is, as most do not lack confidence !
However, back on home soil,he has two wins here, over Warburg and Falla, so I think the time is right, to chance a little on him.
He meets Jonas Bjorkman, who has had a fantastic career and is a credit to himself and the game. The Swedish veteran is almost 36 and gives away over 17 years to his opponent, of course, that is offset somewhat, by his vast experience.Bjorkman has also recorded his first wins of the season here, with victories over Capdeville and Querrey.This is a little surprising, as he has only played in Memphis 4 times in the last decade, winning just a single game.Young has much more variety to his game, than the one dimensional Querrey.
I strongly feel that at this stage of their respective careers, this is a match Young should be winning comfortably, if he is going to live up to the hype and the inevitable "Tiger Woods of Tennis" tags.
Young is very happy on these courts, in this part of the country, he currently lives in the southern states and I think that the wrong player has been made favourite.
5.5 points Young 2.08 exchanges.