Baltimore County

Michael Llodra

Stepanek defeats Young, heads to final

In 16 years as a touring pro, Radek Stepanek had never faced Donald Young, a young American whose promise has been heralded since 2004.

But when the two met Saturday for a place in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the 32-year-old Stepanek knew precisely how to dismantle Young's game and quash the budding confidence the 22-year-old had gained by stringing together four victories in an ATP tournament for the first time.

Aware that Young had faced a steady diet of baseline sluggers en route to his first ATP semifinal, Stepanek charged the net 20 times to disrupt his opponent's rhythm and won the point on 14.

Aware that the left-handed Young liked to slice his...