INDONESIA pushed the Philippines on the brink as reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Christopher Rungcat and Elbert Sie downed Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in the doubles event of their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II tie Saturday at the Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium in Jakarta.
Huey, ranked 39th in doubles in the world, played with a sore shoulder sustained from a Friday’s three-set win over Sie.
Rungcat and Sie, who won the doubles gold medal in the Indonesia SEA Games last year, took three and a half hours to finish off the Filipinos.
“It’s just unfortunate that Huey is hurt,” said team manager Randy Villanueva.
The Filipinos now trail the hosts, 1-2, and need to sweep the reverse singles on Sunday to win.
Huey goes up against Rungkat in the battle pitting the top netters of both countries, before Francis Casey Alcantara clashes with Sie in the final singles match.
The Philippine Davis Cup team hopes fatigue would eventually catch up with the Indons, who have so far fielded in just two players in the first two days of the tournament.
“Hopefully, it will take its toll on the two players of Indonesia in Sunday’s reverse singles since that will be their third straight day playing,” said Philippine Davis Cup patron Jean Henri Lhuillier.
Winner of the tie will move up to Group I of the Davis Cup in 2013, while the loser stays in Group II.