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Bothwell hoping to make a point with place in quarters

 

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell moved to within one win of securing another world ranking point after reaching the second round of the $15,000 ITF tournament in Nottingham yesterday. The Hillsborough man, who is seeded seventh based on his current place on the world list, defeated French ace Romain Bauvy 6-4 7-5 to qualify for the last 16.

Bothwell was in control for most of the match in which he broke his rival's serve on four occasions and lost his own twice.

However, he expects a tough challenge today against Croatia's Fran Zgombic, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Zgombic is ranked 935 in the world, more than 250 places lower than the 21-year-old Irish Davis Cup player, who is 674th.

However, Bothwell said: "Rankings don't mean a lot at this level when there isn't much between the players and I know nothing about my opponent as we haven't faced each other.

"But I'm playing well so I am confident going in to the match, especially as this tournament is being played on hard courts.

"I've another tournament in England next week at Roehampton so hopefully by the end of that I will have a couple more ranking points to my name."

Meanwhile, Peter's younger brother, Sam, is through to the quarters of the doubles event at another $15k tournament in Tunisia. The 19-year-old has had more success on the pro-tour in doubles than singles recently.

Partnered by Russian Dimitry Vozonin, Bothwell will take on third-seeded French pair Gabriel Peth and Francois Arthur Vibert today.

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