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Lloyd Harris secures Davis Cup tie for SA

Lloyd Harris (Gallo Images)
Lloyd Harris (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Lloyd Harris led South Africa to victory over Bulgaria in their Europe/Africa II Davis Cup tie at Kevin Grove Club on Saturday.

Harris defeated Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to give South Africa an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie.

The local hero, ranked 113th compared to his opponent's 324th position, dominated the opening set but came unstuck early in the second, going down a double break.

But Harris showed grit and determination to fight his way back into the set, eventually forcing a tie-breaker which he comfortably won 7-3.

On what was a slow hard-court, both players struggled to hold serve with each claiming only two aces.

Harris lost his serve three times in the match but crucially capitalised on five of nine break points.

Earlier on Saturday, Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse beat Gabriel Donev and Alexander Donski 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

The tie was level at 1-all after Friday's first day, with Harris beating Alexandar Lazarov 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 and Roelofse losing 7-5, 7-5 to Kuzmanov.

Saturday's final singles match was effectively a dead-rubber, with South Africa's Philip Henning and Donev taking to the court.

Henning rubbed salt into the wound of the Bulgarian side, beating Donev comfortably in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to give South Africa an overall 4-1 victory.

Victory in the tie means South Africa will move into the Euro/Africa Group I playoffs in 2020.

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