In front of an enthusiastic sold out home crowd, South African doubles specialist Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse overcame Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja and Tomislav Ternar in straight sets 7-6 (6) 6-2 6-4 to clinch an overall victory for team KIA South Africa in the Davis Cup at the Irene Country Club.
South Africa now lead the tie 3-0 heading into Sunday’s reverse singles and earn a chance to play for promotion in September for a possible place in Euro/Africa Group 1 next year.
The South African duo knew although they were clear favourites, the task would be difficult especially on altitude.
Also, the Slovenian Captain, Blaz Tropej made a change at the eleventh hour to his doubles team replacing Tilen Zitnik with Zemlja.
“As a team, we knew we had it all to do. The doubles may only be one point out of five in a tie but Ruan and I knew we could either clinch victory for South Africa or put pressure on the singles players for Sunday’s reverse singles,” said Klaasen.
Klaasen said that it was a pleasure to go into the doubles rubber knowing his team were up 2-0.
“Both Lloyd Harris and Nik Scholtz played their part on Friday with two excellent wins. So it was time for Ruan and I to deliver the favour back.”
Roelofse, who now stands at 7 wins and no losses in Davis Cup ties was extremely proud of the team’s effort this weekend.
“Even though Raven and I won the tie today we know that it took team effort to get this result, and we are just extremely happy that we won.”
South Africa Davis Cup Team Captain, Marcos Ondruska was extremely pleased that the tie had been sealed going into the final day and now he could celebrate with his team.
“I’m not only pleased, I’m ecstatic in the win. I felt my team played the best tennis I have ever seen them play.”
Sundays reverse singles will feature South African number one Lloyd Harris taking on Slovenian number one Grega Zemlja followed by South African number two Nik Scholtz taking on Slovenians number two Mike Urbanija.