Huey, Gonzales down Chinese-Taipei to keep PH Davis Cup hopes alive

MANILA, Philippines - The tandem of Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales kept the Philippines in contention in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II semifinals by defeating team Chinese Taipei, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, 5-4, on Saturday, July 16 at the Philippine Columbian Association shell court.  

After some last minute changes, Ruben Gonzales replaced Jeson Patrombon as Huey's partner in their doubles match against the Taiwanese duo of Jui-Chen Hung and Chien-Fu Wang. Patrombon is now scheduled to face Chinese Taipei's Liang-Chi Huang on Sunday, July 17. 

"Treat and Ruben played magnificently today. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's singles matches and I'm confident we can pull off this incredible comeback," said team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier. 

"Our boys are so eager to win and not put their months of preparations to waste. Our focus is still to move up to Group 1 of Asia-Oceania,” added team manager Jean Henri Lhuillier. 

Chinese Taipei clinched the first set, 7-6, in the deciding game after a grueling back and forth action. But the Philippines bounced back in dominating fashion as they snagged the second set, 6-2, to tie the match at 1-1.  

The Filipino duo never relinquished the lead as they narrowed down Chinese Taipei's lead of 2-1 matches. 

Chinese Taipei, however, still holds the lead as Ti Chen and Huang Liang-Chi both dispatched their respective singles opponents in the opening day of the Davis Cup yesterday. 

The tournament will conclude tomorrow, July 17. Filipino Francis Alcantara will try to bounce back as he faces Taiwanese Ti Chen in the first game. The Philippines' Jeson Patrombon will battle Liang-Chi Huang in the second game. – Rappler.com