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Viktor Troicki vs. Donald Young 2015 US Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Donald Young vs. Viktor Troicki
Date & Time Saturday September 5, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)
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TV Channel
ESPN
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Viktor Troicki and Donald Young meet Saturday in the third round of the 2015 US Open.

Viktor Troicki is coming off a four set victory over Rajeev Ram and has played seven sets in two matches. Troicki is winning at least 69 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Troicki has combined for 30 aces, 90 winners and 51 unforced errors in two matches. Troicki has been real solid when getting his first serve in play and hasn’t been too shabby on his second serve either. The concern I have with Troicki is that he also played a doubles match earlier, so fatigue could be an issue here. Troicki has surpassed the third round of a grand slam just four times in his career. Troicki has never reached the fourth round of the US Open.

Donald Young is coming off a four set win over Aljaz Bedene and has played nine sets in two matches. Young is winning at least 66 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Young has combined for 80 winners, eight aces and 120 unforced errors in two matches. Young has done a great job of fighting in both of his matches and feeds off the New York crowd. Also, like Troicki, Young has played doubles matches and is still active, which has to raise concerns heading into this match. Young hasn’t reached the fourth round of a grand slam since the 2011 US Open. That was Young’s only fourth round appearance in a grand slam.

This will be the second time these two play, as their previous match was won by Troicki in three sets in the 2012 Madrid Masters. Young lost two of those sets by a score of 6-1. Obviously, this will be the first time these two play on hard court.

Overall, you can’t put much stock into their last match that took place three years ago. Young is a far better player now and is feeding off his home crowd and finding ways to win. This is a toss-up match, but I like Young to find a way to make it out like he has in his first couple of matches.

Pick:
Donald Young

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