Docherty enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he finished runner-up in 4 doubles events.
His most notable career achievement was when he surprised the world to defeat former world number one Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1978.
After completing his tennis career, Docherty became a successful businessman, owning and operating three McDonald's franchises along the East coast of NSW before retiring to his home town of Newcastle.
Doubles runners-up (4)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1977||Taipei, Taiwan||Hard||Tom Gorman|| Chris Delaney
Pat Du Pré
|Runner-up||2.||1979||Atlanta, U.S.||Hard||Eliot Teltscher|| Raymond Moore
|Runner-up||3.||1979||Sydney Outdoor, Australia||Grass||John Chris Lewis|| Peter McNamara
|Runner-up||4.||1980||Palm Harbor, U.S.||Hard||John James|| Paul Kronk