On Sunday, April 8, the Philippines sealed the deal, after it outclassed Pakistan in the 2nd round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group II tie 5-0 to advance to the 3rd round.
Filipino tennis players Francis Casey Alcantara and Johnny Arcilla defeated their respective opponents, sweeping the Pakistan team with ease.
Alcantara overpowered Muhammad Abid, 6-2, 6-1, and Arcilla knocked down his counterpart Yasir Khan, 6-3, 6-4 in reverse singles matches.
Two days earlier, Arcilla also defeated Pakistani national champion Ageel Khan 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, while Treat Huey outplayed Yasir Khan 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in singles matches.
Huey and Ruben Gonzales gave the Philippines' the 3-0 that secured the country's victory the next day, scoring a win over the Khan brothers, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in doubles competition.
The tie, held in the Philippine Columbian Association tennis courts in Paco, Manila, started Friday, April 6, simultaneous with all the other Davis Cup matches around the globe. The Asia/Oceania zone is one of three zones where regional 2012 Davis Cup competitions are held.
Pakistan came to Manila without top bet Aisam-ul-Haq who pulled out of the Davis Cup delegation last month, to nurse a chronic knee injury.
The Philippines also defeated Pacific Oceania 5-0 in February before it faced off with Pakistan. It will next meet Indonesia on September 14-16. The winner will be promoted to Group I in 2013.
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