Men’s Semifinal: [CR46] Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs. [CR56] Donald Young (USA)
Young knew that the final was at stake. They met earlier this year and Young won in a tightly contested three setter. Although it would go the distance again today, Young had a much easier victory. It may not have appeared that way after he lost the first set and was broken in the second; however, Young dug deep into his reserves to even the score and broke again to win the set.
The third set was all Young, perhaps Tomic tanked as he is famous for doing. However, credit Young who kept calm at the prospect of making his second ATP final and executed his shots. Tomic lost his way in the second set and never felt the urgency to refocus in the third. Young won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Young will have to control the nerves, improve his first serve percentage and cut down on his unforced errors if he hopes to hoist his first ATP trophy.
It is so difficult to get to a final and then when you get to the final, the pressure has multiplied ten-fold. Young knows this as this will be his second career ATP Tour singles final. He will have to do many things differently if he wants to get his first title; however, against a big server, you are sometimes at their mercy.