Hong Kong made a flying start in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania group two, first-round match against the Philippines with Martin Sayer scoring a straight set victory over Treat Huey. Sayer, who was specially released by Radford University in the US, made no mistake in the opening singles when he won 6-4, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 at the Victoria Park centre court. In the following singles, Cecil Mamitt of the visitors took the first set 7-6 (7-2) against Yu Hiu-tung before rain suspended the tie, which will continue this morning. 'It was important to win the first set as it was a mental barrier,' said 21-year-old Sayer, making his fourth appearance for Hong Kong in the team event. 'If you lose, you will be under great pressure, but if you win, you put your opponent under pressure. 'It was a good performance. I made some mistakes in the opening stages of the second set. Other than that, I am happy with my form and look forward to the reverse singles.' Having lost to Huey twice in the US, Sayer looked more composed in front of the home crowd. At 4-4 in the first set, he held his serve, then broke for the third time to win the opener. Huey made a good start in the second set and was just one game away from taking it at 5-3. But the home player dug deep and took three games in a row to lead 6-5. Huey then held his serve to make it 6-6, but was outclassed in the tie-break, losing it 7-0. Sayer sealed the victory with an easy win in the third set.