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  • Young loses to Levine, streak hits 17

    8/13/12 10:52 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Young loses to Levine, streak hits 17 Donald Young goes down to Jesse Levine in straight sets on Monday in Cincinnati as his losing streak continues. Levine is joined in the second round by Marin Cilic, a three-set winner over Sergiy Stakhovsky.


    (Q) Jesse Levine d. Donald Young 6-4, 7-6(2)

    Young lost his 17th match in row on Monday afternoon as he bowed out to Levine in round one of the Western & Southern Open. The slumping American moved to within four of Vince Spadea's all-time record after one hour and 35 minutes. Coming out with no confidence of any kind, Young promptly fell into a 3-0, two-break hole. He managed to get one of the breaks back but Levine eventually served it out at 5-4.

    Levine also gave a break back in the second and this time Young managed to force a tiebreaker. Not surprisingly, though, the world No. 80 fell apart in the big moments and could not keep it close in the decider. At the same time, Levine raced his level and capitalized on his first match point with a miraculous forehand pass. Next up for the world No. 88 is Marin Cilic.

    (12) Marin Cilic d. (Q) Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

    Cilic recorded seven aces and two double-faults as he advance to the second round in one hour and 56 minutes. It was a relatively poor serving day for both players, leading to a total of three breaks in the first set. The 12th-seeded Croat finished it off at 5-3 but he could not stand up to the pressure at 4-5 in the second. Stakhovsky's third break of the day forced a decider.

    A break at 1-1 in the third in Cilic's favor proved to be the difference. The world No. 15 dropped a mere five points in his last five service games, cruising to victory the rest of the way. Stakhovsky wrapped up his effort with 11 aces but he also double-faulted six times.


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