• Wawrinka, Young in action at U.S. Open

    8/30/11 3:00 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Wawrinka, Young in action at U.S. Open Stanislas Wawrinka will kick off his U.S. Open campaign against Maximo Gonzalez on Tuesday. Donald Young and Lukas Lacko are also taking the court.

    (14) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Maximo Gonzalez

    Wawrinka will be looking to find his early-season form when he takes the court for first-round action at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.The 14th-ranked Swiss reached at least the quarterfinals of his first five events, including a title in Chennai and a quarterfinal showing at the Australian Open. Wawrinka, though, has slowed down in recent months and he is coming off a first-round loss in Cincinnati to Andrey Golubev, who had been on a losing streak for the ages.

    Up first for the No. 14 seed is Gonzalez, who has never completely got back on track since an ACL injury. The 109th-ranked Argentine is a dismal 3-12 at the ATP level this season and he has dropped 11 straight matches, including qualifiers and Challengers. In fact, he has not found the win column since the first round of the Monte-Carlo Masters. Count on Wawrinka advancing in straight sets.

    (WC) Donald Young vs. (LL) Lukas Lacko

    Young and Lacko will also be squaring off for the first time in their careers when they do battle on Tuesday. Lacko seemed to have a breakout year on tour in 2010, but now it is Young who appears to be coming into his own. The 22-year-old American owns 11 of his 23 career ATP match victories this season and he registers well inside the Top 100 at No. 84 in the world. Young recently advanced to the Washington semis and he lost a Winston-Salem second-round thriller to Grigor Dimitrov in a third-set tiebreaker.

    Lacko is now struggling mightily as he attempts to build on his 2010 campaign. The 23-year-old Slovak is just 4-8 at the ATP level this year and his No. 162 world ranking is more than 100 spots off his career-high. Lacko got blown out in the final round of qualifying by Marsel Ilhan, but he got into the main draw when Lukasz Kubot withdrew. Based on current form, Young in four sets is the pick.

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