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Stylish victory for SA men

The doubles team of Rik De Voest and Wesley Moodie┬áput on a strong show┬áto beat Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen and Harri Heliovaara and in so doing sealed success for South Africa in their Davis Cup Euro/Africa Group 1 tie in Pretoria on Saturday.

On Friday Izak van der Merwe had beaten Heliovaara 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 and De Voest rallied from a set down to get past the experienced Nieminen 5-7 6-3 6-2 5-7 6-3 to put the hosts 2-0 up in the best of five encounter.

On Saturday De Voest and Moodie combined for a 6-2 6-3 6-4 shutout leaving Sunday’s reverse singles irrelevant. South Africa enjoy an unassailable 3-0 lead and they have qualified for the play-off for the World Group.