Murray, Young Reach Bangkok Final; Tipsarevic, Baghdatis Bid For KL Title
by Sean Randall | October 1st, 2011, 10:22 pm

Is there a more improved player the last quarter of the season than Donald Young? The trouble American prodigy is finally living up to his potential the last three months or so.

Yesterday, Young upset Gael Monfils in a third set tiebreaker to advance to his first career ATP final. The 22-year-old

“I’m excited, I’m stoked, all the words that mean you’re happy to be in my first final,” said Young after a 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) win over Monfils. “I’ve seen a lot of my peers make finals and I’m happy to be in my first one. It’s great to beat a Top 10 player of the calibre of Gael.”

Murray ended Young’s Cinderella run at the US Open and I expect a similar fate once again for the Chicago native later tonight in the championship match.

Still, for Young who was well out of the Top 100 just a few months ago, his tennis prospects are suddenly looking promising as he approaches the Top 40 in the world.

“Lately in the big matches I’ve won I’ve been down and I’ve had to come back. I’m just trying to fight and not give up and it pays dividends at the end of matches,” added Young.

Meanwhile Murray toughed out Gilles Simon 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 .

“It’s great to be in the final,” said Murray. “I’ve only played here a few times. I haven’t been back in a while. Hopefully I can go one further than the first time I got to the final here.”

In Kuala Lumpur, wildcard Marcos Baghdatis will clash with Janko Tipsarevic in the title bout.

Baghdatis leads Tipsarevic 2-1 in their series with Janko winning most recently in July at LA.

“I know I have to play like I did today or better to have a chance to win the final,” Tipsarevic said after beating Kei Nishikori. “Both Marcos and I are playing good tennis. He’s an experienced player, he will not give me the final. I will have to play aggressively and take it from him. I’m here to win one more match – if not it has still been a good week overall.”

Added Baghdatis after his victory over Victor Troicki, “It’s great to be in another final, but there’s still one match to go.”

And congrats to Agnieska Radwanska on beating Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 to win in Tokyo title today.

“I was a little bit nervous at the start, but I woke up after those first two games,” Radwanska said after her sixth career title. “I had some tough matches this week – and I was playing without a bye, so I had a lot of matches in a row – but I just kept trying my best. It was the finals so I tried not to think about it and fight until the end.

“I’m very, very happy to win this tournament. All of the top players were playing here, and I played some good tennis to beat them.”

Speaking of the top players, once again many will be absent for their top flight Beijing event. Maria Sharapova is out with an ankle. Kim Clijsters is still in recovery. Venus Williams remains sidelined and sister Serena decided not to go. That’s the four biggest stars on the WTA not playing a Masters level event.

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26 Comments for Murray, Young Reach Bangkok Final; Tipsarevic, Baghdatis Bid For KL Title

jane Says:

Not sure where to put this, but I came across a review of Rafa’s book, with quotes such as

“I don’t need (Uncle Toni’s) lessons in humility any more,” Nadal writes. “I don’t need to be told any more that I have ‘to put on a good face.’ While he deserves credit for so many good things in my career, he also deserves blame for me being more insecure than I ought to be.”

The rest of the review / article is here

Kimmi Says:

Congrats to muzza. no chance for yound..i wonder if he was tired from his big win yesterday or was muzza to good?

congrats tipsa for winning his first title at last.

Kimmi Says:

wow! jane, that quote is something. i have always seen rafa as insecure, good to see he is admitting it but to blame it on uncle toni, interesting!

Dan Martin Says:

Murray reaches at least the semis at all 4 slams, wins Cincy, wins Queen’s Club, wins Bangkok – he has had the 3rd best year in 2011 and should be #3.

Colin Says:

Murray will be number three – WHEN THE POINTS SAY HE IS!

margot Says:

Thanx Dan! Hooray for Andy! Well done, come on to number 3! Perhaps then people will stop talking about the “Big 3”!

Brando Says:

@margot: lol, that is true re the big 3. But seriously, I do hope Murray finishes 3rd- he’s had a very good year I feel. Finishing 3rd would end the year on a high for him and give him something to build on.

jane Says:

Muzza wins with a bang! Wow. What a dominant finish. :) Congrats to Andy.

Also Tipsy, finally, gets an ATP title by beating Baggy, no slouch. This is awesome for Janko, as he fulfilled both of his goals for the year: reaching the top 20 and winning his first title – plus he was in his first slam QF I think. Good season.

jane Says:

margot, wheeeeee Andy is closer to number threeeeeee! ;)

Michael Says:

The man, Tipsy, is 27 years old. His first title!!!!!! What’s he been doing or not doing, all these years???

margot Says:

jane and Brando: Yippee, Andy is one step closer to three :)

Kimmi Says:

Li Na lost in the first round AGAIN.this time at home(Beijing). things are not looking good.

Muzza and rafa in tokyo draw. tokyo has stronger field than Beijing.

alison hodge Says:

congrats to our andy on a terrific win,sorry to miss it as i dont get the coverage where i am,hopefully he can build on this in time for the ao next year,i wonder how the draws will pan out should he get the number 3 ranking,time will tell.

dari Says:

Congrats to Mr Murray!
If he moves to three, it won’t make technical difference in how the draw comes out, since 3 and 4 are randomly paired with 1 or 2, but everybody is ready for a semis change!

Brando Says:

In all honesty I imagine it to make ZERO difference in terms of the draw. I has always faced 4 and 2 faced 3. I thought rafa might get fed when they were 2 and 3- and it still did not happen. Either way, simply want Murray to get 3 since he deserves something to show that he has had a good year- and also based on this years performance HE IS a world no.3!

Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One will drop of out of the top 10 in 2012.

And I will continue to my ass handed to me by the Djoker.

Kimmi Says:

is this the first time federer is finishing below number 2 at the end of the year since he reached number 1 in fed 2004?

Kimmi Says:

s/b feb 2004

alison hodge Says:

@kimmi yeah think so,quite an achievement,well done roger,for setting the bar so high,and for remaining so concistent,and to still be at either 2 or 3 at this stage of his career is fantastic.

alison hodge Says:

sorry meant 3 or 4.

Brando Says:

I agree with alison. It is amazing that federer shall finish within top 4 at the age of 30. In all honesty i cannot see anyone of rafa, novak or andy doing so at that age.

I think with fed i can see him winning 1 more slam, but mainly he is going to be a dangerous player who can take out a big name on his day i.e. rafa, nole or andy- but shall struggle or won’t be able to beat 2 of 3 in a tourny.

Him losing from 2 sets up to tsonga and nole in back to back slams when he had not done so previously, i feel is the most telling statistic as to where he is right now.

Kimmi Says:

brando – except rafa, other guys had to play the game of their life to beat roger in a GS this year. as long as they keep that up (like djokovic) then roger will lose to them. Rafa does not need to play great to beat roger imo, as long as he is consistent enough he can beat him.

But it was never easy, guys like tsonga could not keep that up at the USO. Berdych and soderling the same. andy murray haven’t played roger in a GS for a while and as long as they continue to be seeded 3 and 4 we wont see them playing together much.

dari Says:

Ah! Kimmi, I thought your sentnce was going in the other direction about others playing the game of their lives against fed. You should turn that around and see it as a positive that guys are having to pull out the magic to beat that thirty year old!

Brando Says:

@kimmi: Dari is right it does say ALOT about roger that it takes big performances still to beat him. I am a nadal fan but I have to say over the last 2/3 I have really enjoyed watching roger play. I also feel next time he plays nole- the djoker better watch out!:-)

Brando Says:

2/3>2/3 years

Daniel Says:

Right Now, considering 52 weeks, Murray is not #3 because Federer has WTF undefeated, Basel, Stockholm and Doha which is better than Cincy, Shangai, Queens and Bangkok, Plus, one worst result in Slam, quarters in Wimby than Murray. Period!
He will be #3 if the rankings says so, it is not the race for the year, is past 52 weeks.

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