MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines advanced to a third-round tie in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II relegation playoffs after routing Pakistan, 5-0, at the PCA courts in Paco, Manila on Easter Sunday.
Team Philippines had virtually won the tie after taking a 3-0 lead on Black Saturday.
Francis Alcantara trounced Muhammad Abid, 6-2, 6-1, and Johnny Arcilla defeated Yasir Khan, 6-3, 6-4 in the reverse singles to complete the sweep for the Philippines.
With their win, the Philippines advanced to the third-round tie on September 14 against the winner of the other second-round tie, which is between Indonesia and Thailand.
The Philippines will also have a chance to get promoted to Oceania Group I.
Arcilla had drawn first blood for the Philippines after carving out a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Aqeel Khan on Good Friday.
Treat Huey made it 2-0 for the Philippines after routing Yasir, 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, in the other singles match.
Huey and partner Rube Gonzales then increased the Philippines’ lead to 3-0 after they vanquished the Pakistani tandem of Aqeel Khan and Jalil Khan, 6-1, 6-4 and 6-2, in their doubles encounter. -- Report from Agence France-Presse