Mon, 07 Feb 2000

Indonesia beats the Philippines 4-1 in Davis Cup

JAKARTA (Agencies): Indonesia avenged its defeat against the Philippines by winning 4-1 in the Asia Oceania Zone Group II Davis Cup tie at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Manila on Sunday.

Davis Cup veteran Suwandi put away Indonesia's 4-1 victory by beating Roland Ruel Jr. 6-4, 6-1.

Last April, the Philippines beat Indonesia 4-1 for the first time during their encounter here and earned a final berth to fight for a place in Group I.

Thailand was eventually promoted to Group I while the Philippines remained in Group II.

Indonesian Davis Cup doubles Hendri Susilo Pramono and Edy Kusdaryanto gave the country the 3-0 win and played a tough battle before ousting the Filipino pair of Johny Arcilla and Adelo Abadia 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 5-7, 6-1.

Sunday's doubles matches followed the postponed game on Saturday due to heavy rains. The Indonesian pair scored 6-4, 6-2, 5-7 on Saturday and won the decisive fifth set 6-1 on Sunday.

Arcilia gave the Philippines their only victory when he defeated Febi Widhiyanto in the reversed singles, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

Indonesia earlier opened up a 2-0 lead on Friday through Davis Cup veteran Suwandi and Febi.

Suwandi had no trouble in beating the newcomer Arcilia in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, while Febi upset Abadia also in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.