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Bothwell secures fifth doubles title of career against Portuguese duo

By Paddy Hickey

Ulster's Peter Bothwell claimed the fifth doubles title of his pro career as he came up trumps yesterday in Portugal.

In what was the first outright pairs success this year for the Irish player, the Co Down man teamed up with Britain's Jack Findel-Hawkins for a hard-earned 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3) victory over the No 4 seeds, Portuguese duo Francisco Cabral and Tiaqo Cacao, in the outdoor hardcourt event in Quinta Do Lago.

After taking the opening set, and with the second set tie-break tied at 3-3, Bothwell and Findel Hawkins reeled off four points to ensure their first title together as a partnership.

As a result of his success, the Ireland Davis Cup ace netted 18 ranking points and this is set to improve his doubles ranking from 603 to approximately 505 on the updating of the ATP ladder today.

Earlier yesterday Bothwell failed in his bid to nail down a singles final place for the first time in his career, Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina winning their semi-final contest on a 6-4 6-4 margin. It was the second victory for the 18-year-old Spaniard over his 22-year-old opponent, Davidovich-Fokina, ranked at 477 compared to Bothwell's 934.

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