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Young reaches final in Delray Beach

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 02: Donald Young of the United States in action during the men's singles second round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on day four of Rakuten Open 2014 at Ariake Colosseum on October 2, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
February 21, 2015 11:23 PM
 
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
 
Donald Young continued his impressive start to 2015 by reaching the final of the ATP Tour event in Delray Beach, Fla., rallying from a set down to defeat Bernard Tomic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. 
 
In a match punctuated more by impressive returns than big serves, Young shook off a slow start in the first set by hitting his shots closer to the baseline to the second set, dictating rallies and putting Tomic on his back foot. Young earned a break of serve midway through the second set and rode that small bit of momentum through his next two service games to level the match at one set apiece.
 
The final set was one-way traffic for Young. He earned an early break of serve and his solid baseline play began to frustrate Tomic, whose forehand unraveled in the latter stages of the match. Young comfortably closed out the match on his serve to record his second victory over Tomic in two weeks, having previously defeated him last week in the quarterfinals of the ATP Tour event in Memphis, Tenn.
 
Currently ranked No. 56, Young has recorded some of the biggest results of his career over the last two months. He opened the year with a quarterfinal showing last month at the ATP Tour event in Auckland, New Zealand, then recorded a semifinal finish last week in Memphis. His result this week in Delray Beach marks his second ATP Tour final and his first since 2011. Young is now guaranteed to be ranked inside the Top 45 when next week's rankings are released. 
 
The American will be seeking his first ATP Tour title when he plays No. 4 seed Ivo Karlovic in the championship match on Sunday. 
 
Editor's Note: Young lost in the final to Karlovic, 6-3, 6-3.
 

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