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Peter Bothwell is taking aim at Baghdatis in Davis Cup

Peter Bothwell is set to face an international team baptism of fire in this week's Davis Cup campaign in Estonia.

Rewarded with his first call-up to the Ireland set-up, the 20-year-old Hillsborough man, who won four matches in the qualifying draw of last week's ITF Futures event in Portugal, and his team-mates will be pitted against a Cyprus side powered by former world No 8 Marcos Baghdatis.

The promotion prospects for the Ireland team in the Europe Zone Group Three indoor hardcourt event in Tallinn, running from tomorrow to Saturday, had already been considerably weakened due to national No 1 James McGee opting to focus on his preparations for next week's ATP World Tour event in Indian Wells, California.

Conor Niland's side could also face Moldova and Estonia, who, like Cyprus, will also be powered by their top-ranked players, Radu Albot and Jurgen Zopp.

Limerick man Sam Barry and Bothwell are joined in the Ireland team by doubles specialist David O'Hare, from Dublin, and Birmingham-born Bjorn Thomson.

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