Bothwell hits new heights with epic quarter-final victory over top seed
Peter Bothwell landed a career-best win yesterday in Turkey when he reached the semi-finals of a $10,000 tournament for only the second time.
The 21-year-old Ulsterman defeated the top seed, Romania's Dima Dragos, in three sets to record a stunning victory over a player ranked 308 in the world.
Bothwell had to come from a set down to progress to today's semi-final, as he dug deep to win on a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 scoreline.
He broke his opponent's serve to go 3-0 and 4-1 up in the decider and then, after squandering a match point at 40-30 and 5-2 up, he closed the match out in the ninth game.
Bothwell said: "I was playing well enough in the first set but was unable to finish the points off when I was coming to the net. However, I changed my tactics in the second and became a little more solid and varied things when I moved towards the net.
"At the start of the third I had to save a couple of break points and that proved to be a key stage of the match.
"I then had the momentum and my game improved and I went after the ball. Overall, it was a very good performance.
"I had the self-belief that I could win the match when maybe in the past that wouldn't have been the case."
Bothwell now faces Zimbabwe's Takanyi Garanga, the third seed, with a place in only his second pro final at stake following his recent breakthrough in Spain.