450th ace aids Groth
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.