Spas Delev *4-6 6-3 4-3 Jojo Mustard
Just as we thought Mustard was starting to hit his straps here, he finds himself in dire trouble at 0-30 after he puts an attempted lob from Delev straight into the net. I dare say he'll be kicking himself for missing that. Delev continues to play his power game from the baseline, and Mustard refuses to do anything but engage him in long rallies. That costs him as he miscues a backhand slice completely and watches it drop on his side of the court. Two break points for Delev, but he needs just one as Mustard is wrongfooted and the forehand from his feet sails over the baseline. Big break for Delev who must hold to secure the ascendancy in this set!
Spas Delev 4-6 6-3 5-3* Jojo Mustard
Cruel stuff for Jojo Mustard who had the opportunity to go to 0-30 but his backhand took the tape and dropped on the wrong side of the net. That's twice in as many games. Delev pulls free to 40-15 with a successful challenge on a backhand that just clipped the back line, and Mustard is not happy that the point isn't be replayed. Probably a fair call by Jojo, too, as he might have got there if not for the overzealous lineswoman. Delev consolodates his break and forces Mustard to serve to stay in the set. Needless to say, the 29th seed is in some trouble.
Spas Delev *4-6 6-3 5-4 Jojo Mustard
He's good under pressure this Mustard, and he fights very well to go to 40-15 in what looks like being an easy service game. But Delev gets a run on with two big forehands and an unforced error from Mustard and suddenly he has a set point with the advantage. Mustard doesn't let him return his first serve, though, and gets a chance to force Delev to serve out the set. He can't clinch his serve, though, as Delev continues to bang from the baseline with some searing forehands. An errant forehand gives Delev a second set point, but he can't convert as he tries a slice and puts it half way up the net. Massive game in the context of the match this, one feels. Mustard brings up game point with a crisp backhand to the open court after a beautifully created point, and then somehow stays alive by chasing down a lob and throwing it straight at Delev who can't get his hands up in time! Great show from Mustard who is really making Delev earn this set, and you can't help but thinking he might live to rue it.