Tempo – Davis Cup tie starts today


Matches today (Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Lapu Lapu City)
3:30 p.m. Ruben Gonzales vs Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul followed by Johnny Arcilla vs Danai Udomchoke

LAPU LAPU CITY, Philippines – Ruben Gonzales seeks to draw the first blood for the Cebuana LhuillierPhilippine Davis Cup team when he plays the crucial first singles match against tough rival Thailand today in the Asia Oceania Zone Group II semifinal tie at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa here.

Gonzales, the PH team’s No. 1 player, tackles Thailand’s No. 2 netter Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul in the first singles set at 3:30 p.m. following yesterday’s draw attended by Lapu Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, Plantation Bay general manager Efren Belarmino, and Philippine Tennis Association and Thailand Tennis Association officials.

The 27-year-old Gonzales vows to set the tone for the Filipinos, but he is not taking his rival lightly despite his wider advantage in terms of experience.

“I feel really good about the draw. Being more experienced is not really an advantage; it is who executes better will win,“ said Gonzales, who is ranked No. 784 in the world.

Wishaya, for his part, is not at all intimidated at Gonzales, who is 10 years his senior, let alone pressured to deliver the important first win for the Thais especially on his debut appearance in the Davis Cup.

Johnny Arcilla, nominated as PH’s No. 2 player, meanwhile, will have his hands full when he goes up against Thailand’s main man, veteran Danai Udomchoke in the second singles set at 6 p.m.

“Excited ako sa match na ito.Matagal ko na itong hinihintay na makalaro si Danai kasi napapanood ko na siya noon pa nung nakakalaban niya si Cecil,“ said Arcilla, referring to former PH No. 1 player and Davis Cupper Cecil Mamiit.

Udomchoke, who will turn 32 in August, has been playing for the Thailand Davis Cup team since 1998 and has won 39 singles matches against 16 losses.

“Hopefully it will be a good tie for us, considering that we are rebuilding this young team. I believe in this team and we will try our best,“ said Udomchoke, a 2006 Doha Asian Games gold medalist.


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