Roelofse goes down in Soweto

2012-04-06 13:56
Ruan Roelofse (File)

Johannesburg - Slovenia's No 1, Blaz Kavcic, struck the first blow of the Euro-Africa Group One Davis Cup tie with a 6-7(4-6), 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over South Africa's Ruan Roelofse at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, in Soweto, on Friday.

Roelofse started in aggressive fashion, demonstrating a strong forehand but an error-stricken backhand.

The South African began the match by double faulting on his serve in the first game, as he was broken early on, but fought back to break Kavcic in the sixth game.

After a number of tight games that followed, the opening set went to a tie-break, and Roelofse composed himself to prevail 7-4.

The Slovenian then began to show his class as he broke Roelofse in his first service game in the second set, and again in the sixth game to win 6-1.

The third set was one-way traffic as Kavcic won by the same 6-1 margin, and he dominated again in the fourth.

Roelofse tried to get back into the match but the Slovenian won 6-3 to hand the visitors the first point of the tie.

South Africa's No 1, Izak van der Merwe, is up against Grega Zemja in Friday's second singles rubber.

Read more on:    davis cup  |  ruan roelofse  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana believes in younger Boks
All Blacks ready for a 'hell of a battle'
Barnes to ref Boks, Wales clash
Brave Blossoms: 'Sport heroes of Japan'
Love 2 Meet

Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.