Swiss Stan Wawrinka was handed a First Round Exit at the Citi Open when American Qualifier Donald Young beat the Former Grand Slam Champion 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(3). Wawrinka is still trying to recover from his knee injury and bowed out at Wimbledon in the Second Round after taking out Grigor Dimitrov in the Opener.
Young was on course to a straight sets victory when Wawrinka reeled of 3 points in the Second Set tie break to send the match to a decider. Young didn’t make the same mistakes in the final set tie break, wrapping it 7-3.
“I’ve been losing so much, why not just buckle down and fight and compete,” said Young, who had started the year 1-9 and has fallen outside the Top-200 in the World to No.234 on the ATP Charts. “I figured that if I can get into that position once, I can do it again.
It’s rough. There are times you’re home and you don’t want to go to the next tournament, you don’t want to practice, you don’t want to work out,” he added. “But I have great people around me and they keep pushing me.” He next faces Kei Nishikori and is looking to win his first match against the Japanese, who has won their previous 6 clashes including a marathon three-setter at the Citi Open last year.