INDONESIA moved up to Group I and left the Philippines in Group II after a 3-2 win in their Asia-Oceania tie Sunday at the Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium in the capital city of Jakarta.
Reigning Southeast Asian Games men’s tennis champion Christopher Rungcat proved too much for last-minute substitute Jeson Patrombon, scoring a dominant 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 victory in the first reverse singles to formally clinch the best-of-five tie.
The Filipinos trailed the hosts, 1-2, after two days and needed a sweep of the two remaining singles to win it.
Treat Huey, the Philippines current top player, had to sit out the third day after aggravating a sore shoulder in a losing effort in the doubles event Saturday.
Francis Casey Alcantara won the final singles match over Sunu-Wahyu Trijati, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
The Indonesians now hold a 6-4 record over the Filipinos in their Davis Cup matchups. Indonesia now advances to Group I for the 2013 season.
“Even if we win the tie here, we wouldn't be ready for Group I level by next year. Indonesia deserved to win and be promoted to Group I,” said Philippines non-playing team captain Roland Kraut.
Team manager Randy Villanueva, however, sees a great future for the Filipino Davis Cuppers, saying, “our team is a young team that has great potential in the future.”
“Indonesia was in the same situation two years ago and look at them now. We are the second best team this year, and with the experience we gained here, we are determined to be the best in this group next year.”