Donald Young defeats 8th-seeded Mannarino 6-3, 7-6 (9)
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Donald Young of the United States defeated eighth-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (9) Monday afternoon in the opening round of the Memphis Open.
Young ousted Mannarino, the only seeded player in action Monday, in an hour and a half, using nine aces and winning 79 percent of his first service points.
The Memphis Open is the former U.S. Indoor that was renamed when the USTA took over the tournament last year.
In earlier matches, America’s Ryan Harrison defeated Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Denis Kudla was a straight-set winner over fellow American Robby Ginepri 6-3, 6-4. Dustin Brown of Germany defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4, while Ivan Dodig of Croatia ousted Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-2, 6-2.
In the late match, Jared Donaldson defeated Stefan Kozlov 7-5, 6-0, after both Americans gained their spots in the tournament as wild-card entries.
The tournament’s top four seeds, including two-time defending champion and top seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan and American John Isner, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, received opening-round byes and are not scheduled to play until later in the week.
A couple of mistakes by Mannarino in the tiebreaker provided the victory for Young, who reached the tournament’s quarterfinals in 2008.
Young said that after gaining a service break in the second set, he got a little nervous and tightened up because of the lack of competitive matches early in the year. He said a tough match in the opening round helps hone his game.
Young concentrated on his new approach of being more aggressive and coming to the net.