Peter Bothwell moving up in the world after comeback win
Peter Bothwell is through to the quarter-finals of a professional tournament for only the second time after chalking up the best win of his career at the $10,000 event in Spain yesterday.
The 21-year-old from Hillsborough defeated local favourite, Jaume Malfeito, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, in a marathon struggle that lasted more than three hours.
The Spaniard, at 504 in the world, is ranked more than 900 places higher than the Irish Davis Cup player, who staged a stunning comeback to secure a memorable victory against the sixth seed.
Bothwell trailed 2-5 in the final set and then saved a match-point at 3-5 to eventually force a tie-break and progress to the last eight in which he will meet third-ranked Pablo Gonzalez, who has won seven career titles.
Bothwell said: "Physically, it was a very tough match and I think we both brought out the best in each other."
"I managed to play the big points very well and it was all about heart as I think I wanted it more than he did.
"I watched some of his first round match in which he beat my brother Sam and that was a big help because I was able to assess his strengths and weaknesses. I am thrilled with the win but the next match is going to be even tougher and how I get on will depend on how well I can recover."