By Rick Limpert/Special to BB&T Atlanta Open
Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks kept his magical week at the BB&T Atlanta Open going as he and partner, Donald Young advanced to the doubles semifinals at Atlantic Station with a thrilling 4-6 7-6(5) 10-2 win over Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe.
Eubanks and Young found themselves up an early break in the opening set before the veteran pairing of Krajicek and Monroe found their rhythm on serve and return to close out a tight first set.
The Atlantans stayed with the more experienced doubles players in the second set and edged out a tiebreaker 7-5, with Young showing leadership, keeping Eubanks in check.
Both Young and Eubanks showed aggressive play and put in first serves to take the match tiebreak 10-2 as Krajicek and Monroe wondered what went wrong.
Eubanks, an amateur competing in his first ATP World Tour event is having the time of his life.
“This is a dream come true,” beamed Eubanks following the match. “I’ve been watching these guys in Davis Cup and slam after slam. You are playing doubles and trying to imitate the chest bump and all that type of stuff.”
Young said he enjoys mentoring the college player.
“It’s fun for me. I really like this and anything I can do to help. To live with him and to have him travel (with me), I’m really enjoying it.”
Eubanks says his first ATP World Tour event has produced many positives he can take back to his college teammates at Georgia Tech.
“You have to be a little more professional and be ready. At this level, it’s hard to just do what (you want). You have to dial in on every point and after that it comes down to volleying and making shots.
Young says he appreciated the ability to be on the court with the Georgia Tech sophomore and seeing how well he is playing.
“It’s great,” added the former ATP World Tour top-40 player. “He’s getting better and it’s fun to watch the progress.”