Huey and Gonzales keep Pinoys alive in Davis Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 17, 2016 09:22 AM
Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey kept the Philippines alive in the hunt for a spot in Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania leg of the Davis Cup.
Manila, Philippines—In what was considered to be an equally-matched doubles showdown, Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis cuppers, Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, outclassed Chinese Taipei’s Jung Jui-Chen and Wang Chieh-Fu (6-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4), to force a critical third day of competition and keep their chances alive to reach Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania leg of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, held at the Philippine Columbian Association in Paco.
“Treat and Ruben played magnificently today. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s singles matches and I’m confident that we can pull-off an incredible comeback. Our boys are so eager to win and not put their months of training to waste. Our focus is still to move up to Group 1 of Asia-Oceania,” said team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier.
From the onset, the contest saw the duo of Gonzales and Huey exchange game after game against the pair of Jui-Chen and Chieh-Fu. Both teams played high-level tennis, but the first set, which reached tiebreak, belonged to the visiting team with the score of 7-6.
But after giving away the opening set, the Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippine Davis cuppers relied on their advantage in serving. Wimbledon semi-finalist, Treat Huey, capitalized on his powerful serves and forced their opponents to commit errors, while Gonzales, fresh from a stint in France, created rallies and executed timely drop shots when the Chinese Taipei players were hot on the trail.
After leading 2 sets to 1, Huey and Gonzales looked to close the best-of-five matches in the fourth set, as momentum was on the Philippines’ side and errors continuously haunted their rivals. With the local favorites just a game away from victory at 5 games against 2, the Chinese Taipei ace men went for a desperation rally and snatched two consecutive games, 5-4.
But at the end of the ninth game, Chinese Taipei committed another error on the return, which gave way for a 6-4 fourth set victory for the home team and a chance for a comeback win with the upcoming singles matches.
Today, the Cebuana Lhuillier-Philippines Davis Cup team needs to win both slated singles match-ups to be able to reach Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania leg and further their chances to grace the international stage.