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Donald Young: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Donald Young at the 2009 US Open

What he said:

"I think everyone’s light turns on at their own time. I’m starting to feel like mine is turning on."

Donald Young, once labelled the ‘next big thing’ of American tennis, feels that he’s a late bloomer, much like Mardy Fish. Young is 22 and was the youngest ever junior Grand Slam winner at 15—before Bernard Tomic—winning the Australian Open in 2005. Young beat Lukas Lacko in straight sets to make it to the second round of the US Open.

What he really meant:

“I need more electricity. Can I find it here at the US Open?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Until now, I was a light bulb without a filament.Cold.Dead.”

Federer Vs Nadal: Beauty Against The Beast

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) Roger Federer in third round action. US Open Tennis. Day 6. Flushing Meadows, New York. 04.09.10 Photo By Karl Winter Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Nadal and Federer, Federer and Nadal, can we mention one without naming the other?

Once upon a time, there was Roger Federer and the many dwarves. Then arrived Rafael Nadal like a light bulb whose incandescence just shone brighter and brighter. But not so much to eclipse a dwindling Federer but enough to illumine and bathe the ATP  tennis courts – each taking turns at being  sunbeam and  moonbeam.

We have all heard talk about how graceful Federer is on the tennis court, how he is balletic , fluid of motion and a purist’s delight.

We have also lauded Rafa for his continually improving game, noted how his serve has become much more faster and accurate, and exclaimed how he keeps adding facets to his game.

But if you and I were to single out one defining characteristic of these two outstanding protagonists of the modern game, what would it be?

Quote of the day:
In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are. – Nicholas Chamfort

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