Groth, Smith move through to main draw
UPDATE 11.30am: Sam Groth and John-Patrick Smith have qualified for the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday.
Sam Groth and John-Patrick Smith have qualified for the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday.
Groth enjoyed a come-from-behind victory over Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, beating the eighth seed 5-7 7-6(5) 6-4 after two hours and 13 minutes to take his place in the combined men’s and women’s US$12 million event.
Groth pounded 18 aces past his opponent and won 86 per cent of first serve points en route to the win.
Smith scored a more comfortable win, beating No.13 seed Andrej Martin of Slovakia 6-3 7-5.
The Queenslander scored a service break early in the second set and maintained that buffer for the remainder of the match, serving it out strongly in the 12th game after one hour and 26 minutes.
The Australian duo joins compatriots Lleyton Hewitt, Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic in the main draw.
Casey Dellacqua, who qualified for the women’s tournament on Tuesday, plays her first round match against Christina McHale of the United States on Stadium 1 later today.