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Moodie is South Africa’s last hope

Wesley Moodie is the sole South African survivor at the French Open tennis tournament.

Yesterday it was Rik De Voest’s turn to tumble out of the doubles event at Roland Garos with Australian Ashley Fisher, losing 6-3 6-4 in the third round to second seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

The fluid understanding and rapport of the American twins gave them a break in each set and a relatively comfortable victory.

Moodie, with veteran Belgian Dick Norman, has qualified for the quarter-finals, but now faces an uphill battle against the South American pair of Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) and Jose Acususo (Argentina).

The match-up will involve four of the biggest hitters in the tournament as Moodie bids to add a French Open men’s doubles title to his Wimbledon success in what should emerge a battle of blistering serves.

Gonzalez, himself a former Olympic Games doubles winner, has also qualified for the quarter-finals of the men’s singles in Paris and Moodie and Norman will be hoping his mind is focused more on the upcoming game against Andy Murray than anything else.