DAVIS CUP - EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE I - 2ND ROUND - WEST CWLAND VS. DENMARK - STEDINGHAM, FR CWLAND
Play underway in West CWLand
Needing a good start, Denmark's No. 2 Kasper Buur
had the big task of trying to topple World No. 5 Sven Oxenstierna
on clay in West CWLand. Ranked No. 51 in the world, it was clear that Buur was up against it right from the start as the French Open finalist took an early break of serve. The Dane struggled to match Oxenstierna in the power stakes as The Ox, who had looked so sharp in practice all week, returned strongly to take the first set 6-2.
Buur needed to change things up, but just could not find enough avenues to attack the top five player. His serve is never dangerous at the best of times, and this wasn't the best of times as he sent down five double faults in the second set. Oxenstierna is well-known as one of the best returners in tennis, and soon took that set 6-3 and then led 5-0 in the third. Buur started to really play his shots then and lucked his way into a break, but by then it was too late as Oxenstierna secured the 1-0 lead for West CWLand in straight sets.
def. Kasper Buur
, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Leading 1-0, the pressure was on Jojo Mustard
to consolidate the lead for the home team but the World No. 15 found himself up against World No. 7 Rasmus Olesen
. In a high-ranked match for a zonal tie, Mustard looked good early and managed to break the lanky Dane for a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately he could not serve out the set as Olesen took it to a tiebreaker, and drew first blood with a 7-3 breaker for a set-to-love lead.
Then the former French Open quarter finalist kicked it up a notch as he played inspired tennis. After looked anything but inspired in his fourth round loss at Wimbledon, he cracked three times as many winners as Olesen in the second and third sets to completely take the Dane's staying power out of the match. The fourth set was much closer, but at 5-5 Mustard got the decisive break to move ahead 6-5. This time he didn't falter; serving out the match on his third match point in four sets to give the West a 2-0 lead.
def. Rasmus Olesen
, 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.