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Peter Bothwell joy after dumping top seed in Dublin tournament


By John Flack

Peter Bothwell posted one of the best wins of his career yesterday as he sensationally dumped the top seed out of the $25,000 ITF tournament in Dublin.

The 21-year-old Hillsborough man was a comfortable 6-2 6-4 winner over French ace Laurent Lokoli, who has played in three Grand Slams.

Lokoli courted controversy at this year's French Open when he refused to shake hands after losing his fourth-round match to Martin Klizan, accusing the Slovakian of unsportsmanlike behaviour, but he could have had no complaints yesterday.

Bothwell bossed proceedings throughout and didn't drop a single service game, capitalising on the three crucial breaks that came his way - two in the first set and one in the second.

The Ulsterman was delighted with his performance and the victory against a player who had a ranking of 207 not so long ago and is now at 349 on the ladder.

Bothwell will now face Australian Edward Bourchier in the last 16 today.

Bothwell looks to have a decent chance of progressing against a lower-ranked opponent and, if he does so, then his ranking could well reach a new high.

He said: "I played very well and I felt I was in control from the first ball to the last and that's the way I want to play.

"Yes, I have beaten players around the 280 to 330 mark before, but he does have a high pedigree, witnessed by his French Open display when he lost in five sets.

"I have been playing well even though I haven't been winning as many matches as I would have liked. However, I am chilled about that and just very happy to have got the win at what has always been my favourite venue.

"Now, though, I am looking to build on the momentum and in terms of my game plan, I almost executed it to perfection.

"So I'm looking forward to playing the Australian guy, and hopefully there's more of the same to come."

Peter's younger brother Sam was unable to make it a family double success. The 19-year-old, who was handed a wildcard entry, lost 7-6 6-4 to Swedish player Niklas Johansson.

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