Treat Huey, Francis Alcantara rout Kuwait pair as Philippines clinches Davis Cup tie
Francis Casey Alcantara and Treat Huey in action in doubles play. Freddie Dionisio

TREAT Huey and Francis Casey Alcantara outclassed the Kuwaiti pair of Abdulrahman Alawadhi and Abdulhamid Mubarak, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2, on Saturday night as Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines clinched their Davis Cup first-round tie at the Valle Verde Country Club.

The in-form Huey and Alcantara utterly dominated their doubles match against Alawadhi and Mubarak, giving the Philippines an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the tie and assuring the Filipinos a spot in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II competition.

Huey was coming off an ATP World Tour 500 doubles title in Acapulco, Mexico last week in partnership with Max Mirnyi while Alcantara finished runner-up in the Manila ATP Challenger doubles event a few weeks ago, and their top form showed on Saturday.

“We played really well,” said Alcantara. “Treat really helped me a lot in my doubles game.”

The Philippine squad, supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Philippine Sports Commission, and Yonex, will continue their bid for a spot in Group I against either Chinese Taipei or Malaysia on July 15-17.

The Philippines looks to sweep the tie which will formally end on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. with two best-of-three revenrse singles matches pitting Patrombon against Ghareeb and Gonzales against Alawadhi.

“Jeson (Patrombon) and Ruben (Gonzales) played great (in singles) and playing with Francis is always a lot of fun. We really played well today. I’m excited as a team to go to the next round. Our Davis Cup team is on the rise,” said Huey.

Patrombon defeated Alawadhi, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1, while Gonzales survived a marathon four-hour match before beating Mohammad Ghareeb, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 1-6, 6-7 (6), 5-5 (retired) in Friday’s singles matches.

Ghareeb was scheduled to play the doubles on Saturday but was later replaced due to exhaustion.

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