It was then the turn of Konstantin Kravchuk, who was the Russian star player in the doubles, to play South African rookie, Japie De Klerk.
"We knew this tie would be a challenge for us. Our team did not have any experience in playing at this level. The Russian team was stronger and deserved this win." De Jager added that the squad were committed to working hard to regain their position in Group 1 in 2014.
Results of the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 relegation play-off between South Africa and Russia in Moscow:
Russia 5 - South Africa 0
Reverse singles on Sunday:
Andrey Kutznetsov (Rus) bt Dean O'Brien (RSA) 6-2 6-3
Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) bt Japie De Klerk (RSA) 4-1 De Klerk retired injured (Knee and quad strain)
Singles on Friday:
Karen Khachanov (Rus) bt Dean O'Brien (RSA) 7-5 6-1 6-3
Alex Bogomolov Jnr. (Rus) vs Japie De Klerk (RSA) 6-7 (3) 6-0 6-4 6-1
Doubles on Saturday:
Konstantin Kravchuk/Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) bt Raven Klaasen/Tucker Vorster (RSA) 2-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2