Indonesia optimistic on Davis Cup tie vs. PHL

MANILA(PNA) -- Indonesia team captain Andrian Raturandang can only hope for the best in the forthcoming Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II tie against host Philippines.

Playing minus No. 1 player Christoper Rungkat, the Indonesians have prepared and are ready to take on Team Philippines, spearheaded by world No. 22 doubles player, Filipino-American Treat Huey.

"This is our best team. Every team has a chance to win. We come here without Christopher, so it is a bit of more challenge for us. But we are still optimistic because we believe anything is possible," said Raturandang in an interview on Friday.

Team Indonesia is composed of David Agung Susanto, Aditya Hari Sasongko, Sunu-Wahyu Trijati and Anthony Susanto, who is playing for the national squad for the first time.

The 25-year-old David Agung Susanto is currently No. 739 in the world. He is a clay court specialist who owns four doubles titles and has played in four Davis Cup ties.

Except for Anthony Susanto, all three players were part of the team that scored a 5-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the Group II relegation play-off tie last year.

Anthony, who is the younger brother of David, is currently ranked No. 5 in Indonesia.

Raturandang, on his second year as captain of the Davis Cup team, described Anthony "as our new promising player".

The Indonesian delegation has arrived in the country on Thursday to have more time to get familiar with the court surface at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA).

"I think that the PCA is okay although I know that the venue is so different and it's a bit difficult to play there. Many players got cramps when they played there and I also played there," said Raturandang, a member of the squad that won over the Philippines 3-2 in the Davis Cup Group I tie in 1997.

When asked to comment on their chances against the Filipino Cuppers, Raturandang said the Philippines is a strong team as he took note of previous ties.

"I know Treat Huey is a really good doubles player. The Philippines is really lucky to have him on the team," said the 40-year-old Indonesian team captain.

Indonesia has beaten the Philippines six times in 10 meetings, the last being in 2012 (3-2) in their home turf.

The Philippines, on the other hand, last won over Indonesia in 1999 in Jakarta. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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