American Donald Young has finally managed to win a match after failing in his last 17 first round matches. He overcame Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open, winning in three sets 4-6 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour and 53 minutes.
This was the first encounter between the American (world no.80) and the Argentine (worldn no.63).
Young will face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez for a place in the third round, with the American leading 2-1 in the head to head against the Spaniard.
Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci advanced to the second round after his opponent Marcos Baghdatis had to retire due to a back injury when trailing 7-5 3-1. Bellucci’s next opponent will be no.1 seed Frenchman Tsonga.
Also through to the next round are Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who overcame France’s Benoit Paire in straight sets 6-2 7-6 (4), Poland’s Lukasz Kubot after defeating Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-1 2-6 6-2 and German Benjamin Becker as he dismissed Tatsuma Ito of Japan with a 6-3 4-6 6-2 scoreline.