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Who? The player who has fallen off the map after showing so much promise? Yes, that guy. Donald Young has improved his game of late and making a surprise run is not impossible.
It also helps that Young has little competition in the American camp, with really only three other US players who could go further in the tournament.
The obvious choice for the best American on tour is Mardy Fish. Fish has had a great US Open series, but in grand slams he has not fared well. At Australia Fish lost in the second round to Tommy Robredo. At the French Fish lost to Gilles Simon in the third round and at Wimbledon he lost to Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Andy Roddick is having major issues and should mull the possibility of retirement. He is getting injured more frequently, and he doesn’t have much of a game anymore.
Ryan Harrison is overrated. His backhand is his weakest shot because he hits it softly and very short. Opponents thrive on a short backhand. In the near future Harrison can do well, but not now. We may have another Roddick in the making with his meltdowns. He needs to work on his maturity issues.
Young has done pretty well this year beating Marcos Baghdatis and Andy Murray. Like Harrison, Young needs to improve his backhand. His serve can be very effective if he speeds it up. Usually, his slice first serve is good, but when opponents get used to it, they move closer to the baseline and pounce on it.
Looking at the draw, Young is fortunate enough to play a qualifier in the first round and Stanislas Wawrinka in the second. Of late, Wawrinka has not been up to snuff. He lost in the second round at Wimbledon and since then, has only been past the second round of any tournament once.
After Wawrinka, Young will probably play Juan Ignacio Chela in third round. Chela is a clay court player. After the third round I don’t see Young advancing. He has to play Andy Murray. Nothing’s impossible. Young has beaten Murray this year, but it would be a miracle.
Young can potentially be the player to watch at the US Open.