2014 Davis Cup Group II Asia-Oceana
Huey Leads Philippines Over Sri Lanka in Davis Cup Win 3-1
February 2, 2014 ITS Staff Colombo, Sri Lanka - Treat Huey gave the Philippines a 3-1 victory over Sri Lanka after the World Ranked No.21 ATP doubles star defeated the hosts No.1 player Harshana Godamanna 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday.
Huey, who recently reached his second straight Grand Slam doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open with British partner Dominic Inglot, was a last minute substitute nominated by team captain Roland Kraut after Filipino No.1 singles player Ruben Gonzales was injured during Saturday’s doubles match.
Gonzales and Huey powered their way to a 6-1 6-0 6-1 rout of Godamanna and Rajeev Rajapakse to edge ahead 2-1 going in to Sunday’s rubbers.
On opening day Friday, Gonzales leveled the tie for the visitors when he demolished Dineshkanthan Thangarajah 6-3 6-3 6-0 after No.2 singles player Patrick Tierro was outlasted by Godamanna in a marathon five-set opening rubber 6-3 6-7(8) 4-6 6-2 6-3.
The Philippines improved to 8-0 against Sri Lanka. The Filipinos will now take on the winner between Pakistan and Vietnam in the second round in April.
Philippines failed to move up to Group 1 after they lost a play-off tie against New Zealand in 2013 rallying from 0-2 down to force a deciding fifth rubber.
Huey had lost in a heart-breaking deciding fifth set on the fifth rubber 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 to Michael Venus after Gonzales won the fourth rubber 7-6(2) 4-6 1-6 7-5 8-6 over Jose Statham. Both matches took 10 hours going as late as 3am Monday morning to complete.
In Colombo, the Philippine Davis Cup team was accompanied by PHILTA Vice-President Randy Villanueva; manager Jean Henri Lhuillier of sponsor Cebuana Lhuillier. Complete Tie Details > Asia-Oceana Group II Draw
Philippines 3, Sri Lanka 1
Patrick Tierro vs Harshana Godamanna 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4 2-6 3-6
Ruben Gonzales beat Dineshkanthan Thangarajah 6-3 6-3 6-0
Gonzales/Huey beat Godamanna/R.Rajapakse6-1 6-0 6-1
Treat Huey beat Harshana Godamanna 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Patrick Tierro vs D.Thangarajah (abandoned)
Kuwait 3, Indonesia 2
M. Ghareeb vs D.Susanto 6-3 6-3 7-6(2)
A.Maqdes vs E.Sie 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0
M. Ghareeb/A.Maqdes vs E.Sie/D.Susanto 6-7 1-6 2-6
A.Maqdes vs D.Susanto 6-4 6-4 6-1
A.Alshatti vs A.Sasongko 2-6 1-6 Tie Details
@TreatHuey and Ruben Gonzales overwhelm their foes as Phl goes 1-0 over. Sri Lanka! @PhilippineStar pic.twitter.com/ub3A5HgEZY— Joey Villar (@JoeySVillar) February 1, 2014
"@alcalejon: .@TreatHuey/@dominglot 6/4 7/6 Bopanna/Qureshi. #ausopen pic.twitter.com/pM3nQp332Z" thanks a lot— Treat Huey (@TreatHuey) January 19, 2014
@TreatHuey Photo from the quarterfinals earlier. #BombThreat #USOpen pic.twitter.com/JizqULbyM4— Treat Huey Fans (@TreatHueyFans) September 4, 2013