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De Voest carries big Cup load

South Africa go into their Davis Cup tennis tie against Macedonia at Emperor’s Palace on Friday without two of their established stars, Kevin Anderson and Wesley Moodie, but they should still easily prevail in this Group 1 Europe/Africa first round encounter. Waiting for the winning nation in the next round is Belarus, but first things first.

Anderson, the country’s leading men’s singles player who was at the Beijing Olympics, is injured, and 2005 Wimbledon double champion Moodie has not fully recovered from a knee injury. This makes Rik De Voest the most important man in South African tennis this weekend.

The 28-year-old has a singles ranking of 176 and he will play in three matches over the three days (Friday to Sunday). However, if the rankings are to be believed, this is a first round tie that South Africa, despite the injuries, should win. Dare one say 5-0?

First on court on Friday is Izak van der Merwe (ranked 284) against the Macedonia No1 Pedrag Rusevski, whose ATP Tour slot of 819 doesn’t lie. De Voest is next up against Lazar Magdincev (No1655 in the world) before De Voest teams up with the experienced Jeff Coetzee in Saturday’s doubles encounter that should confirm victory into the next round, where a May date against a much more demanding Belarus beckons.

The draw is: Friday: Izak van der Merwe v Pedrag Rusevski, 10am; followed by Rik de Voest v Lazar Magdincev.

Saturday: Jeff Coetzee/Rik de Voest v Pedrag Rusevki/Lazar Magdincev, 1pm.

Sunday: Rik de Voest v Pedrag Rusevki, 10am; followed by Izak van der Merwe v Lazar Magdincev.