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[frame align="left"][/frame]SINGLES SEMIFINAL: (Young) American Reaches 2nd ATP Final By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Donald Young is one victory away from attaining a dream he has had for many years, and the 25-year-old American will get that opportunity Sunday afternoon when he tries to notch his first ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Open. Young reached his second ATP World Tour final by rallying from a first-set loss to defeat Aussie Bernard Tomic 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday in the first singles semifinal. Young also beat Tomic in a three-setter last week at Memphis to each his first semifinal this year, and much like last week Young again needed to overcome early struggles in the first set to register a victory. “I was pretty irritated,” Young said of his play in the first set. “I took a nap before the match and woke up and everything my...

SEMIFINAL SHOWDOWN IN DELRAY BEACH Young vs Tomic, Mannarino vs Karlovic BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame] [frame align="left"] [/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – American Donald Young continued his early-season success on the ATP World Tour with a come-from-behind victory Friday and will join Croatian Ivo Karlovic, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and Aussie Bernard Tomic in the semifinals on Saturday at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Young became the first to punch a ticket into Saturday’s semifinals when he rallied to defeat No. 3 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the day’s first match. The victory sends Young, ranked No. 56 in the world, to his second consecutive ATP World Tour semifinal and fifth of his career after reaching the semis at Memphis last week. Karlovic, the No. 4 seed here, closed out the quarterfinal round with a 6-2, 7-6(4) win against American No. 7 seed Steve...

NISHIOKA AND YOUNG TRAVEL DIFFERENT PATHS TO QUARTERFINALS Tomic & Dolgopolov Join Thursday’s Winners BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Japanese teenager Yoshihito Nishioka and American Donald Young produced compelling feel-good storylines Thursday at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Nishioka became the ninth teen to reach the Delray Beach quarterfinals when he defeated Aussie Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3 Thursday night. A few hours earlier, the 25-year-old Young showed that he finally might be on his way to living up to the lofty expectations put on him as a teenager when he ousted Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2 to also earn a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Also notching berths in the quarterfinals were No. 3 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, a straight-sets winner over American Tim Smyczek, and Bernard Tomic, who needed three sets to oust his doubles partner, No. 8 seed Serbian Viktor, in the...

KARLOVIC, MANNARINO, LU INTO THE QUARTERS Lu Stuns Top Seeded Kevin Anderson In Nightcap BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Another stunning upset occurred in the nightcap match for the second consecutive day at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Twenty-four hours after No. 2 seed John Isner was ousted in his first-round match, Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei defeated No. 1 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6(6), 6-3 Wednesday night to close out the second round of play at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the first time since 2006 that the top two seeds have failed to reach the quarterfinal round at Delray Beach. The three other seeds in singles action Wednesday – No. 4 Ivo Karlovic, No. 5 Adrian Mannarino and No. 7 Steve Johnson – each won to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. The 31-year-old Lu, who lost his first-round match at Memphis...

MAGIC RETURNS: MATOSEVIC UPSETS ISNER Anderson, Teens Move Into Second Round BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Aussie Marinko Matosevic registered a stunning upset against No. 2 seed and top-ranked American John Isner Tuesday night after an unprecedented three teenagers advanced to the second round of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Matosevic followed No. 1 seed Kevin Anderson’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over John-Patrick Smith in the early evening match at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with a 6-4, 6-4 win against a very disappointed Isner, who entered the tournament with a No. 19 ATP world ranking. “I struggled with my serve at times, but I felt like I was the better player,” said Matosevic, who arrived here ranked No. 78 in the world. “I had so many chances in the second set, and I felt I returned great tonight, returned his serve well...

TOP SEEDS MOVE ON IN DELRAY Dolgopolov and Karlovic Survive By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Both of the seeded players in action Monday survived the first day of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 3 seed here this week, won in straight sets, and No. 4 seed Ivo Karlovic advanced to the second round with a three-set victory at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Dolgopolov ousted Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(4), 6-3 in the afternoon, and Karlovic finally figured out how to beat nemesis Dustin Brown when the Croatian closed out the first day of play with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2 win in the nightcap against the 30-year-old German who is ranked No. 97 in the world. The past seven months have been somewhat of a roller-coaster journey for Dolgopolov. The top-ranked Ukrainian on the ATP World Tour was having...

Ginepri Upends Top Seed In Qualifying Draw Four Americans Reach Final Round [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] Four Americans remained in the running for the four spots in ATP World Tour singles main draw by winning their qualifying matches Sunday. Former University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley needed three sets to beat former Ohio State star Chase Buchanan 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6 (3) in the first of two All-American match ups while Bradenton’s Sekou Bangoura also needed three sets to defeat Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Former world No. 16 Robby Ginepri dispatched No. 1 seed Aljaz Bedene of Slovakia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the final round, and Alex Kuznetsov ousted Chuhan Wang of China 6-4, 7-6(5). A pair of rising teenage stars also advanced on Sunday. Thanasi Kokkinakis, the 18-year-old Australian already ranked No. 145 in the world, was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Guido Andreozzi...

Philippoussis leads Internationals Past Americans, 6-3 James Blake Goes 3-0 for the Americans By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – James Blake did all he could do for Team USA, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the depth of Team International at the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open. Blake, who was making his Champions Tour debut, accounted for all three of the Americans’ victories during the three-day round-robin tournament as Team International collected the championship trophy by winning six of the nine matches at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Team USA won the title last year, the first time that the team format was implemented at the Delray tournament. Blake capped his first Champions Tour event by rallying to defeat Goran Ivanisevic in a three-set tiebreaker 6-7(3), 6-1 (10-4) in the final match of the tournament. Ivanisevic won both of his other matches and was...

BLAKE KEEPS AMERICANS IN THE FIGHT Ivanisevic Leads Team International to 4-2 Win By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – James Blake saved the day for the Americans on Saturday at the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open. Blake’s 7-5, 6-2 win against Mikael Pernfors in the nightcap kept alive Team USA’s chances at winning the team title, but the Americans will need to win all three of their matches Sunday to capture the title for the second consecutive year. “Sometimes you’re the one who’s got to pick the guys up and sometimes you’re the one who needs to be picked up, so I did my part today,” said Blake, who has accounted for both of Team USA’s victories here this weekend. “It’s fun to be part of a team. I think it makes this event a little more exciting when you have a team concept.” Last year was...

[frame align="left"][/frame]Hanescu, Ginepri and Top Seeds Advance Into Second Round of Qualies Former ATP Top 25 Players Grinding it Out Victor Hanescu  has won more than $4 million on the ATP World Tour, reaching as high as world No. 26 in 2009, but on Saturday the 33-year-old was battling through qualifying in hopes of reaching the Delray Beach main draw. These days Hanescu, who has never played in a Delray Beach, has dropped to No. 139 in the world.  He is trying to reach his first ATP main draw of the year. Robby Ginepri is a similar story. Once the No. 2 American after reaching a career-high No. 15 in 2005— a decade ago—the 32-year-old Ginepri swatted aside 23-year-old Gianni Mina of France, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying. Hanescu, the No. 2 seed, needed three sets to dispatch James McGee of Ireland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to move...