A little luck never hurts as Donald Young found out Thursday morning when his opponent, No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet, announced he was withdrawing from the US Open, citing a fever and sore throat.
“I tried to practice, but I couldn’t play,” an exasperated Gasquet addressed the media after a morning practice effort. “I get fever yesterday night. I had a big problem, I get fever. I can’t play in three sets in my match today. It’s impossible for me. I am really, really disappointed because it’s an important tournament for me. I can’t. It’s impossible. I did my best. I practice this morning, but…I did my best. Nothing is possible for me.”
Gasquet said the illness came on suddenly, and the news was a shock to Young who said he would rather advance with a win, but, he would take what he could get.
“I was really surprised because I saw him in the locker room,” Young said. “A couple people saw him hitting today. I saw him hitting yesterday and the day before. I thought he was okay.”
Young will next play the winner of the match between Spaniard Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez and Russian Igor Andreev, with a victory there likely lining him up against world No. 1 Roger Federer in the fourth round.
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