The 29-year-old American Donald Young has had a terrible season so far, winning just four matches at all levels and falling out from the Top 200 for the first time since 2013. Donald has managed to improve his tally today in Washington, prevailing over a former Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-7 7-6 after two hours and 21 minutes, beating the Swiss for the first time since the US Open 2011 when he moved through in the fifth set tie break. It was a very close match, as the result suggests, and Donald won just two points more than Wawrinka who suffered the 11th loss from 17 matches in 2018.
The Swiss played against only one break point and he failed to convert any of the two chances he created on the return in the seventh game of the decider, which could have brought the win to his side. Interestingly, the only break of the match came in the very first game of the match when Wawrinka netted an easy forehand, allowing Young to keep the break throughout the set and close it with an ace in game 10 after 29 minutes.
Both players served well in set number two as well, with no deuces or break points and this time it was Wawrinka who excelled, firing a forehand winner to clinch the breaker 7-5 and force a decider. There, Donald faced the only break point at 3-3 and he saved both to stay in contention, setting up another tie break where he created three match points at 6-3 after two service winners.
He converted the first after a loose backhand from Wawrinka, pleased with the way he performed and hoping for more in the following rounds. First round results: