LAPU-LAPU CITY – The Philippines clinched its Asia-Oceania Group II Davis Cup tie against Syria Saturday night with a four sets win in the doubles event.
The pair of Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales hacked out a 6-0, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over the Syrian 1-2 punch of Issam Haitham Taweel and Marc Abdelnour at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa here.
The win virtually sealed the best-of-five tie for the Filipinos, who lead the visitors 3-0 and render immaterial Sunday’s scheduled reverse singles.
Huey was originally paired with Elmer Anasta, but non-playing team captain Roland Kraut decided to go for his best two players and changed his lineup at the last minute.
The Syrian also did the same, opting to field in Taweel for Ma jdi Salim in tandem with Abdelnour in a last-ditch bid to turn tie around after losing the opening singles Friday night.
Johnny Arcilla opened the Filipino’s campaign on a high note following a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Taweel, before Gonzales made it two in a row following a 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Abdelnour