Lopez too strong for Groth
Top seed Feliciano Lopez has ousted Australia's Sam Groth in the second round of the US Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas.
Top seed Feliciano Lopez has ousted Australia’s Sam Groth in the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas.
Lopez, ranked 12th, beat the big-serving Victorian 6-3 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ATP 250-level event.
He will next face No.8 seed Sam Querrey.
Groth had earlier in the tournament won his first ATP-level claycourt match when he beat Victor Estrella Burgos in the opening round.
But against Lopez, Groth’s serve was nullified; his ace tally was unusually restricted to single figures and he won less than three-quarters of points on his first serve.
Lopez sealed victory in one hour and six minutes.