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Bothwell makes a vital point with big victory in Spain

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell secured a much-needed world ranking point yesterday when he reached the second round of a $10,000 tournament in Spain. The 21-year-old was handed a wild card entry into the main draw and duly defeated local favourite Juan Catala 6-4, 6-4 to clinch his first point since late September.

Bothwell, who has a current ranking of 1470, usually has to come through qualifying because of his position on the world ladder, but he made the most of his opportunity yesterday.

"I have been training hard over the last few weeks and I felt I played pretty well and I took my chances when I got them," said the Hillsborough native, who is based in Spain.

However Bothwell has a massive task on his hands in the last 16 as he faces another Spaniard, 34-year-old Marc Fornell-Mestres, who yesterday defeated the sixth seed.

Peter's younger brother, Sam, also received a wild card entry into the first round and faces a tough test when he meets the second seed Ricardo Ojeda, who is ranked just outside the world's top 300.

Ojeda defeated the older of the Bothwell brothers 6-4, 6-2 in a similar tournament last week, illustrating the magnitude of the task ahead of the 18-year-old today.

The Bothwells are also competing as a team in the doubles event and start their campaign today.

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