Drake/Korpinen 3-6 1-0* Davis/Mustard
Trouble brewing early in the second set for the DR CWLanders who find themselves in trouble at 0-30 on Drake's serve. They manage to take the next point, but a misguided volley from Korpinen lands right in the hitting zone of Mustard who puts away a nice swinging forehand to bring up two break points
. A good second service from Drake saves one, before he fires down a much-needed ace to take the game to deuce. Another ace from Drake brings up game point, and he closes it out with an unreturned serve to get on the board in the second set. Near miss for the Easterners who were saved by some awesome serving from Drake who finally holds service.
TV commentators note that if the fourth seeds want a chance at winning this match, they need Drake to become involved. He was pretty ordinary in that first set, so good to see him back on song there and showing what a quality player he is.
Drake/Korpinen *3-6 1-1 Davis/Mustard
TV also notes that Davis has dropped just two points on serve this match, and that doesn't look like changing as he helps his team to a 30-0 lead with some big serves that are picked off at the net and baseline. Some good returning from Drake allows them a point on the Davis service, but he answers unequivocally with a massive ace to bring up game point. Drake creates an opportunity with a big approach shot that sends the big man out of picture, but Korpinen plays a poor volley straight to him and Davis finds the line again.
From Richard, Melbourne, via text:
"Enthralling stuff watching from the crowd. Doubles tennis has really found a good following here, and it is good to see the CWLanders on their best behaviour!" Yes Richard, no incidents to speak of yet as I suspect the crowd are too caught up in the action.
Drake/Korpinen 3-6 2-1* Davis/Mustard
Korpinen still looks like the player most likely to be broken, but he's holding on strong here and really causing the Westerners some trouble. Three quality first serves get mixed results as Drake and Korpinen go to 30-15, but Davis answers a loose second serve by crunching a backhand that Drake can only put into the net. The FR CWLanders stay in the game by sending it to deuce, and bring up a break point
with some quick work from Mustard at the net that catches the back of the line over the head of Korpinen. Drake beats Mustard at the net to save the break point, but a double fault from Korpinen brings up another break point opportunity
. Again it is saved, though, and Korpinen scrapes the fourth seeds over the line. Important hold there as Davis and Mustard are really providing themselves with some opportunities.
Drake/Korpinen *3-6 3-1 Davis/Mustard
Oh my, another double fault from Mustard takes the Easterners to 0-30 and they then bring up three break points
as Drake beats out Mustard in a baseline rally by going cross court and then down the line. Needs a first serve here, but doesn't get it as the ball goes narrowly wide. The ensuing challenge turns up negative, too. Korpinen gets the second serve back into play, and Davis completely misjudges the smash and sends it wide of the forehand court to give the fourth seeds the big break of service here in the second! Game on!