450th ace aids Groth

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN Sam Groth has marched into the sec­ond round of the ATP Tour’s At­lanta Open with a straight- sets win over an Amer­i­can qual­i­fier.

Groth beat 17- year- old Frances Tiafoe 7- 6 ( 7- 3), 6- 4 yesterday at the hard­court tour­na­ment to set up a meet­ing with Mar­cos Bagh­datis.

The Vic­to­rian served his 450th ace dur­ing the 82- minute vic­tory. Groth is the only Aussie in the main draw in At­lanta af­ter Marinko Mato­se­vic, Matthew Eb­den and Townsville’s John- Pa­trick Smith didn’t come through qual­i­fy­ing.

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