My friend and i have joined an area doubles league and we are having a ton of fun. Through three matches we are 3-0, two of them went to three sets. The first match that went to three sets my partner was only able to hold serve 2 out of 7 times. Last night we were 4-5 in the second and he lost serve to lose the set. In the third we were up 5-2 and he lost serve; fortunately , we broke right back to close out the match. The strategy we've been employing the last two matches, which I think we should change is to defer to them and let them serve. If we break right off the bat, and we did both matches, my partner serves, because if he holds, we are in really good shape. If they hold I serve to get us back even. This strategy works well in the beginning of the set, but fails in the end because he is serving at critical times (to save a set or close it out). I think for our next match I should just serve first. The real issue is with the serves themselves. They have decent pace, and some spin, but he has no idea where they are going. So I have trouble positioning myself and I feel like I don't get into the point until the third hit (serve, return, groundstroke). That puts tremendous pressure on him, but I feel like I am purely reacting and have no idea where his serve is. Two thoughts on changing the strategy to get me into the points is to go Australian. This forces me to move in any direction, and might alleviate some of his pressure. The next option is to do planned poaches, but I'm not sure I like being so rigid. Aside from those two, and him practicing his serve so that he can be accurate, any advice? When he cranks his serve he is probably at about 25% but it is moving. Instead he hits about 75 mph would be my guess with a bit of spin, but again he has no idea of where it is going. Any tips or advice would be appreciated.