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DAVIS CUP - WORLD GROUP - QUARTER FINALS - EAST CWLAND VS. AUSTRIA - FITZWORTHINGHAM, CWLAND DR
East edge towards semis
East CWLand have started their Davis Cup quarter final in Fitzworthingham with a victory as Jarkko Maxum
took an impressive five-set win over Martin Reiter
of Austria. The World No. 34 expected a big victory, and looked destined for just that as he dominated the opening set 6-2 with attacking tennis.
The Austrian No. 1 responded strongly, though, and in the second set worked that little bit harder as he looked to push Maxum behind the baseline. With two service breaks, he managed to take the set 6-3 and seemed to have a renewed chance. In an intriguing contest, Maxum responded in turn as Reiter seemed to return to his shell with less assertive tennis. Taking the set 6-2, Maxum shot ahead to 3-0 in the fourth and looked set to take the first point for East CWLand.
But there was another twist as Reiter broke back and managed to steal the fourth set 6-4 after taking six of the last seven games. But that was his last charge as he fell down a break in the fifth, and Maxum this time held onto the slender lead as he secured the 1-0 lead for the East 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
def. Martin REITER
, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Wimbledon champion Jefferson Drake
had to cut his partying short for this Davis Cup tie as he made his first appearance against World No. 82 Heinz Hainisch
. The new World No. 4 was given a raucous ovation in his first appearance on home soil in nearly six months, and seemed to thrive on that as he played flawless tennis in the first set to take it 6-2.
Hainisch, though, fought back strongly as the left-hander began to cause Drake more troubles as he came to the net often and showed some fantastic hands to snatch a break early in the second. Drake, however, stayed camped on the baseline and began to find his range again to break back immediately and then again late in the set to take it 7-5.
Down two-sets to love, Hainisch decided to throw all he had at Drake but couldn't steal the break of serve he needed. Cool under pressure, Drake completed a well-deserved and hard-fought straight sets win to set up a 2-0 lead for the home side.
def. Heinz HAINISCH
, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5.
(SWE) def. Danijel MICIC
(SRB), 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
(SRB) def. Henrikk HENRIKKSON
(SWE), 6-0, 6-4, 6-0
(USA) def. Pascal SCHMIDT
(SUI), 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
(USA) def. Almen BENAGLIO
(SUI), 7-5, 6-2, 7-5
(RUS) def. Nilikar MIDID
(CRO), 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
(CRO) def. Boris DENISOV
(RUS), 6-7(4), 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(2), 7-5