DELRAY BEACH, United States: Donald Young toppled third seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to book a semi final showdown with Australian Bernard Tomic at the ATP Delray Beach Open.
Young, ranked 56th in the world, withstood 11 aces from the 24th-ranked Dolgopolov in a match lasting one hour and 56 minutes.
“I thought I fought well,” said the American, who remains in search of a first ATP tour title. “I didn’t start off the way I wanted to. He was playing pretty well, hitting through the wind and controlling his shots quite good.
I decided to buckle down, fight, go out swinging and got a little more not so conservative and it happened to work.”
Young reached his fifth tour level semi final and his second in as many weeks after making the final four at Memphis.
Tomic, playing his fourth quarter-final of the season, ended the run of 19-year-old Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-1.
Tomic saved all seven break points he faced to dismiss the 154th ranked Nishioka in less than an hour.
Quarter final action continued later on Friday with Taiwan’s Lu Yen Hsun, who toppled top-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, taking on fifth seeded Adrian Mannarino of France and fourth seeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic facing seventh-seeded American Steve Johnson.