Both­well is mov­ing up in the world af­ter gutsy fight­back

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY JOHN FLACK

PETER Both­well staged a stun­ning come­back at the $15,000 tour­na­ment in Not­ting­ham yes­ter­day to book his place in the quar­ter-finals and se­cure a valu­able world rank­ing point in the process.

The Hills­bor­ough man de­feated Croa­t­ian Fran Zgom­bic 4-6 6-4 6-3 to set up a meet­ing with Eng­land’s Finn Boss in the last eight.

Both­well (above) trailed 3-0 in the sec­ond set af­ter losing the first and looked sure to make his exit but he dug deep to take the match into a de­cider, which he won com­fort­ably.

The 21-year-old said: “Ba­si­cally, I had lots of chances in the first set but I didn’t con­vert them. When I went 3-0 down, I just didn’t panic, I just thought, ‘Stay in the match and see what hap­pens’.

“I’m play­ing well in what are tough con­di­tions with it be­ing a bit wet, windy and very cold but men­tally you have to be on the money and that’s what got me through.”

Both­well then part­nered Eng­land’s Luke John­son into the semi-finals of the dou­bles event with a 2-6 6-4 (10-3) win over Aus­tralian pair Alex Ba­banie and Jeremy Beale. His younger brother Sam, along with Rus­sian Dim­itry Voronin, is also through to the semis of the dou­bles at a $15k tour­na­ment in Tu­nisia af­ter they beat the third-seeded French pair of Gabriel Peth and Fran­cois Arthur Vib­ert 6-3 6-1.

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