Manila defeat stuttering Aces

Dominant victories in the doubles turned the match around for Manila and they held on for victory, despite a narrow defeat for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the closing men???s singles encounter.

Mark Philippoussis had made a winning start for the Mavericks as the big-serving Australian claimed a 6-4 win over Cedric Pioline in the ???icons??? set.

But Ana Ivanovic hit back in the women???s singles, securing a convincing 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens to leave the Aces in command.

Manila duo Flipkens and??Daniel Nestor produced a determined response in the mixed doubles, securing a 6-2 win, while teammates Treat Huey and Tsonga matched this margin of victory in the men???s doubles.

Tsonga was edged out by Monfils 6-5 in the men???s singles, but had done enough to secure a much needed win for the Mavericks after Wednesday???s defeat by UAE Royals.

Philippoussis, who is unbeaten in the competition, told iptlworld.com:?????I served three double faults in the first game, it???s tough. I found myself starting on the back foot.

“It???s??Cedric???s first time here so it was tough for him to get his timing. I???m just happy to get a good start for the??team.???

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