Young advances in Atlanta but three Australians bow out

Donald Young advanced to the second round of the Atlanta Open after coming from behind to beat Ivo Karlovic in a rain-affected match.

Donald Young   -  (Getty Images)

Donald Young came from a set down to beat Ivo Karlovic 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) at the Atlanta Open. The Chicago-born left-hander - who now resides in Atlanta - celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday when he started his match with Karlovic, but trailed 2-6, 5-5 when a weather delay ended play early.

However, Young managed to survive Karlovic's barrage of aces - the Croatian sent down 30 in total - to turn the contest around, winning both the second and third sets via tie-breaks. He recovered from 4-2 down in the decider to set up a clash with fourth-seeded Australian Matthew Ebden in the last 16.

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Meanwhile, British number three Cameron Norrie needed just over an hour to advance to the second round after a 7-5, 6-0 win over Malek Jaziri. Norrie, 22, will next face Jeremy Chardy after the Frenchman defeated Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3.

Elsewhere, there were defeats for three Australians as 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis cruised past Alex Bolt, while Thanasi Kokkinakis and James Duckworth bowed out to American opponents Noah Rubin and Ryan Harrison respectively. There was also wins for Frances Tiafoe, Mikhail Youzhny and Mischa Zverev.

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