CAPE TOWN – Lloyd Harris provided South Africa with the desired start with a 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-3 win over Bulgaria's Alexandar Lazarov in the opening rubber of the Europe/Africa II first-round tie in Newlands on Friday.
South Africa, who are seeded No 2 in this group with a No 44 World Davis Cup ranking, will now look to their No 2 singles player Ruan Roelofse to run with the baton in the final rubber of the day. He goes up against Bulgaria's No 1 Dimitar Kuzmanov.
Bulgaria are unseeded and have a World Davis Cup ranking of 64.
At the start of his rubber, Harris looked like a man in a hurry as he ran up a 4-0 lead in no time. He found his range almost at once and he deftly placed his early winners in the corners.
In his early service games, he produced bouts of serve and volley and looked well on course for a runaway win in the set.