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2012 Davis Cup
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World Group Quarter-finals
April 6-18, 2012
Spain v Austria
France v USA
Czech Republic v Serbia
Argentina v Croatia
Philippines will play Pakistan in the 2nd Round, Group II in the Asia/Oceania Zone. They need to win the group for a promotion to Group I in 2013. Good luck!
Other members of the Philippine team are world 939th ranked Ruben Gonzales and Johnny Arcilla. Pakistan is expected to counter with Ageel Khan, Yasor Khan (who were part of that 2009 Pakistan team) and Muhammad Abid.
Philippines whitewashed Pacific Oceania in the first round while Pakistan needed a deciding single match to edge Lebanon. the winner of this tie will meet the winner of Indonesia-Thailand on Sept 14-16, 2012 for the right to advance to group 1 next year.
Cheers ceedee. I believe the Philippines is seeded number one? Hope the team live up to the seeding and get the promotion.
Where is Jeson Patrombon by the way?
The Philippines is indeed seeded number one among the participating nations in Group 2. Based on Davis Cup rankings, the Philippines is ranked 40th in the world while Pakistan is ranked 54th. Thailand is ranked 45th while Indonesia is 55th. But don't let this rankings fooled you because Thailand still has a formidable line-up led by world-ranked 168th Danai Udomchoke.
Another advantage the Philippines has, is that they will be playing in a clay (shell) court surface which Pakistani has little experience in playing.
Jeson Patrombon has an ankle injury he sustained in the Japanese Circuit that's why PATAFA decided to tap former Australian Open junior doubles champion Alcantara who is currently studying in the USA, to replace him. But definitely Jeson will be back in the next round if the Philippines wins this tie.
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The good side is that Treat Huey's game is on the rise and we'll expect so much from him from hereon. The bad news of course, is missing Cecil Mamiit. Mamiit, no matter what, is still our #1 or #2 player in the country and his international experience is so vast that we can rely on him when the chips are down.
But then, it also gives opportunities for our young players to shine and develop further. Jeson Petrombon and Casey Alcantara will be our torch bearers in a couple of years so it's important they get all the exposure at this stage.
Has Mamiit retired from international tennis already? Good to hear Jeson only sustained a minor injury. And yes, Patrombon and Alcantara could be the future of Philippine Tennis. Let's start with getting back to Group I. Go Team Pilipinas!
Yes, Cecil Mamiit has already retired from Davis Cup competitions as a player. He can still be tapped as non-playing coach except that he has backed off in this tie against Pakistan.
Good news! The Philippines won the first two games against Pakistan, leading 2-0 and needing only a win to enter the Group II Asia-Oceania finals. Surprisingly, Johnny Arcilla played the first singles match and handily beat Ageel Khan in straight sets, 2, 2 and 3. In the second game, Treat Huey flogged Yasir Khan also in straight sets, 1, 0 and 3. Surprisingly, Pakistan's leading player, Aisam Qureshi didn't play although we expect him to suit up in tomorrow's crucial doubles match. Qureshi is part of the doubles team ranked #13 in the world so you know this is his specialty.
The winner of this match will go up against the victor of the Indonesia versus Thailand semifinals setto. The two are locked up at 1-1 after Day 1.
but before that Qureshi had said that he will only play in doubles match becsause he doesn't want to aggravate the injury to his knee.
That's my guess as well, Ceedee. I didn't get to watch the games live at the PCA courts so I don't have any first hand information on Qureshi. But I've heard about his protest - as well as his preference to play only in the doubles event. I won't even be surprised if Qureshi didn't fly in to Manila at all since, as per the Davis Cup website, it'll be the Khans who're scheduled to go up against Alcantara and Gonzales.
What surprised me though is Johnny Arcilla getting to play (finally!). Arcilla has been with the Davis Cup team for the longest time (even before Mamiit came on board) but this may be his first time after the Mamiit era when he played a relevant singles game. Before, he got to play but only during non-bearing games when the tie has already been decided.
I also think this is the first time that Arcilla gets to play the first single match in Davis Cup. A calculated move by Kraut after seeing the demoralization of the Pakistanis. Expect to see him playing again in the reverse singles tomorrow.
in world group matches, only Spain swept the opening single matches against Austria. the other three ties are deadlocked at 1-1.
the drawing of pairings for world group playoff ties will happen on April 11, 2012. so far, Kazakhstan, Russia, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and Germany are already in. they will be joined by two winning nations from Asian-Oceania Group I, two from the Americas Group I, and four nations from Europe/Africa Group I. the playoffs will be played on Sept 14-16, 2012.
Alright...we're in the Group II Finals in the Asia-Oceania division. We wiped out the Pakistanis in the doubles competitions also in straight sets - 1, 4 and 2 as the combo of Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales ran roughshod against the Khan pair of Ageel and Jalil (don't they have any other player not named Khan?). This relegates tomorrow's pairing as no-bearing but from all indications, we might finish this with flourish and sweep them outright.
I'm surprised with the lack of competition provided by the Pakistanis. I really thought we'll have problems against them, and that our homecourt and surface advantages will be crucial. But we didn't seem to have any problem with them at all.
We move to the Finals against the winner of Thailand and Indonesia. Thailand is now ahead, 2-1, after beating the Indons earlier today. The Group II finals will be on September and the winner of this tie will advance to Group I competitions.
Pakistanis were simply demoralized with the sudden withdrawal of their top player Qureshi. In fact, before leaving for Manila, their tennis head was quoted that winning this tie is next to impossible due to their unfamiliarity of the surface and very humid condition here.
let's break down our possible Group II final opponent:
The Philippines has a 3-2 advantage against Thailand. but the Thais had won the last two ties, both 4-1 victories in 1998 at PCA court and 1999 in Nonthaburi. So if the Thais will win in their matchup against the Indons, we will host the Group II finale. World #168 Danai Udomchoke is the remaining member in that 1998 and 1999 teams. Along with world #106 doubles team, Ratiwatana twins, the Thais should be favored to return to Group I status despite of our higher rankings.
On the other hand, Indonesia leads 5-4 in our match-up. And they won the last encounter in Rizal Memorial Court in 2000, 4-1. It's their turn to host the tie if they will overcome that 1-2 deficit. Johnny Arcilla secured the lone RP victory in that 2000 encounter. World ranked 407 Christopher Rungkat leads this year's Indonesian team which beat our mens team to win the gold medal in the recent SEA games.
Spain missed the chance to sweep their tie against Austria.
US, Argentina and Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead after winning their doubles matches.
Philippines will face Indonesia in the Group II Finale. Good luck Team Pilipinas.
2012 Davis Cup Semi-finals
Spain vs Unites States
Czech Republic vs Argentina
4 Asia/Oceania teams are playing for the World playoff round with one of them is assured to advance to the world group next year. Kazakhstan will host Uzbekistan, Japan will host Israel and Australia will travel to Germany.
other world playoff round ties includes:
Sweden @ Belgium
South Africa @ Canada
Russia @ Brazil
Chile @ Italy
Switzerland @ Netherlands
all ties will be played on Sept 14 to 16