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Donald Young may have found some of his old strengths

Donald Young may have found some of his old strengths

More than a decade has passed since Donald Young was the No. 1 junior player in the world and was touted as the next great American champion. A pro at 15 and playing mature men when he was a slight 5 feet 10 and 175 pounds, he never lived up to that hype. He never even won a tournament.

Now 27, Young has found peace — and might have rediscovered some of his old strengths. He reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Lucas Pouille of France on Tuesday, but had to overcome jitters after he built a 5-0 lead in the final set.

“It’s exciting to come through and be playing consistent, at least for the start of the year, and just to beat...

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