In this third round encounter at Flushing Meadows, Victor Troicki of Serbia and Donald Young are set to square off in what many predict as being an appetising encounter.
Troicki has the clear edge in the match-up on these low bouncing, fast hard court surfaces used here at Flushing Meadows. He has both the minerals in his backhand and the movement side-to-side to LESSEN the effectiveness in Young’s lefty game. (Lefty out-wide sliced serves, lefty out-wide swinging forehands) Unfortunately using just great width isn’t enough to oust Troicki on the low bouncing surface like this.
Another area of concern for Young in this match-up is his own return of serve. On a fast surface particularly, he doesn’t return that well from either the forehand or backhand wing. Now when you couple that in with the fact Troicki has a booming first serve, one which he also makes to a ‘high percentage’ level, given his 6’4 height, the prospects aren’t good reading for the American.
The USTA have invested a lot into Young and I can imagine he feels a slight sense of pressure to deliver here. That’s not good as when Young is feeling pressured her struggles to fully ‘flow’ with any ‘momentum’ you naturally gain as an attacking player after gaining breaks of serve. This was demonstrated perfectly in his match against Aljaz Bedene two days back, where he was one minute hot and the next cold. Relentlessly blowing the break of serve he had produced stunning tennis to achieve. When you’re feeling pressure it’s difficult to to MAINTAIN focus and MAINTAIN intensity and constantly dropping leads can cause a player to get down on-themselves, naturally. I feel this will happen to Young today and it will cause him to ’tilt’.
Troicki without doubt has too much in his counter-punching bag of tricks for Young. The changes in spins and paces added with spontaneous dashes to the net. It will all prove too much for the American, who I expect to go through quite a number of racquets.
Prediction: Troicki, without doubt the better match-player. Serbian to come through in a comprehensive four sets. (Betting perspective, Victor Troicki to win at around 1.95)