Doubles pair hand advantage to SA

South Africa's Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse celebrate a point in their doubles win against Bulgaria's Alexander Donski and Alexandar Lazarov in the Davis Cup at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Saturday.
South Africa's Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse celebrate a point in their doubles win against Bulgaria's Alexander Donski and Alexandar Lazarov in the Davis Cup at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Saturday.
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SA have stolen a march on Bulgaria following their 6-3 6-2 doubles win in the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Group II first-round tie at Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands, on Saturday.

This gave SA a 2-1 lead ahead of the reverse singles matches later in the day.

The South African pairing of Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse started steadily against Alexander Donski and Alexandar Lazarov, who was a late change for Gabriel Donev. Lazarov's inclusion was meant to provide a boost since his world doubles ranking stands at 502 as against Donev's 994.

In the first set, Klaasen and Roelofse secured back-to-back breaks in the seventh and ninth games. Sandwiched in between this fine feat, they saw off two breaks of serve in the eighth and the set was done and dusted after 32 mins.

The score went with serve in the second set until the fourth game when Bulgaria dropped and the breakthrough gave SA a 3-1 lead.

The SA pair held their ground over the next few games and dealt the killer blow in the eighth game to wrap up the set 6-2 after only 29 minutes.

The 6-3 6-2 doubles win will bolster confidence in the SA camp ahead of the reverse singles rubbers later in the day.


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