Lawn Tennis
Jonas Bjorkman Attacks Net, Moves Into Memphis Semifinals
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 5:30pm CST USA
Jonas Bjorkman Attacks Net, Moves Into Memphis Semifinals, Donald Young
Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP
MEMPHIS--( Friday at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in men's quarterfinal play, Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden unleashed an aggressive volley game to defeat Donald Young of the USA 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(8-6).

In a battle of ages the 35 year old Bjorkman prevented the 18 year old Young from reaching his first ATP Tour semifinal in the one hour, fifty-eight minute thriller.

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"It's definitely dissapointing," Young said. "You want to win these matches. I might not sleep too well (tonight). Jonas is getting a little older but he's still a great player."

Young took set one with consistent groundstrokes, passing shot winners and forceful serves. Serving at 5-1 40-0, Young's 119 mile per hour ace down the tee gave him the set 6-1 after 29 minutes of play.

In set two Bjorkman rushed the net frequently to end points more quickly with forehand and backhand volley winners. Bjorkman went ahead 3-0 before closing out the set 6-2 after Young netted a backhand slice.

After going ahead 3-1 in the final set, Bjorkman faced a determined Young whose passing shots and crisp baseline game tied the match in a tiebreaker.

Young reached matchpoint at 6-5 after he hit two forehand crosscourt winners followed by two errors from Bjorkman. An unreturnable serve from Bjorkman evened the tiebreaker at 6-6. A crosscourt backhand volley winner from Bjorkman put him at matchpoint at 7-6.

"It's always been my strength; trying to come to the net," Bjorkman said. "This week I've been hitting my volleys really good. If I can take advantage of that, that's nice."

Young netted a backhand to finish the match. In Saturday's semifinals Bjorkman faces Steve Darcis of Belgium.

"I'm very pleased with the way I played," Bjorkman said. "Tennis is a game. It's all about winning that last point. And you've got to find a way to win that last point and that's what I did."

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