Groth stuns Troicki; Hewitt, Tomic fall
Sam Groth has scored another impressive scalp to advance to the third round in Washington DC, while fellow Aussies Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic each fell in three sets.
Aussie Sam Groth has continued his stellar recent form to upset top 20 star Viktor Troicki at the ATP/WTA Citi Open in Washington DC.
Groth dominated the No.9 seed in just 69 minutes, winning 6-3 6-4 to advance to the third round.
Groth’s compatriot Lleyton Hewitt came close to joining him, yet fell in a thriller to seventh seed Feliciano Lopez.
The Australian veteran started strongly yet the Spaniard outlasted him to win 4-6 7-5 6-3.
Lopez next faces Groth.
Later on Wednesday, Bernard Tomic fell in three sets to American Steve Johnson in the second round.
Tomic, the tournament’s 11th seed, got off to a good start but watched as Johnson roared back into contention; the world No.55 eventually ran out the match a 6-7(7) 6-4 6-2 winner in two hours.
Groth and women’s No.2 seed Sam Stosur are the remaining Aussies at the Citi Open.