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Sam battles for place in Turkish draw

By Paddy Hickey

Ulster's Sam Bothwell yesterday turned the form book on its head as he nailed down a qualifying draw final round place on the Turkey ITF Futures circuit.

Pitted against the No4 seed, Georgia's George Tsivadze, the unseeded 20-year-old from Hillsborough romped to a 6-3 6-3 victory over his second round opponent in the outdoor claycourt event in Antalya.

On Saturday, right-hander Bothwell cruised to a 6-2 6-2 success against Denmark's Jesper-Andi Jorgensen in his opening round contest.

In today's final round of the preliminary stage, Bothwell (20), who will be bidding to replicate last week's feat of sealing of a main draw place in the corresponding event, also at Antalya, takes on Croatia's Antun Vidak.

In his second round match, 24-year-old Vidak, who shocked the No 11 seed, Romania's Luca-George Tatomir, on a 6-2 6-1 margin in the opening round, came up trumps against Argentina's Gregorio Cordonnier on a 7-5 6-2 scoreline.

Bothwell's elder brother, Ireland Davis Cup player Peter, gained an automatic place in the main draw, based on his current world ranking position of 641, and he will learn later today the identity of his first round opponent.

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