Treat Huey recovered from a sluggish start to beat Harshana Godamanna, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday as the Philippines clinched the Davis Cup tie victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Oceania Zone Group II in Colombo.
A known doubles specialist, the 28-year-old Fil-American slowly worked his way after a tentative start to grab the initiative and hand PH Davis Cup an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their best-of-five, three-day affair.
With the victory, the second reverse singles pitting Patrick John Tierro and Dineshkanthan Thangarajah was not played.
Huey, ranked No. 21 in the doubles, replaced Ruben Gonzales at the last minute after the latter injured his knee at the end of Saturday’s doubles match.
The Australian Open doubles quarterfinalist grabbed the momentum late in the second frame when he bounced back from a 1-4 deficit.
It was Huey eighth singles win against eight losses, while the United States-based Godamanna, who has been playing since Friday’s opening singles, slipped to 33-12.
The victory was the Filipinos’ eighth against the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lanka drew the first blood when Godamanna bested Patrick John Tierro, 6-3, 6-7(8), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, but Ruben Gonzales tied the count following a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Dineshkanthan Thangarajah.
Huey and Gonzales gave the PH Davis Cup team a decisive 2-1 lead after beating
Godamanna and Rajeev Rajapakse, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, in the doubles.
The Filipinos will next face the winner between Vietnam and Pakistan in April.