Groth Beats Klein at Nottingham Challenger

by John on June 15, 2017

Sam Groth is back on the grass and it sure shows. Groth, ranked No. 240 in the world, defeated Brydan Klein 6-3, 6-4 on his favorite surface this afternoon, while advancing to the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Challenger. The win was just the second main draw victory for the big-serving Australian since early January at Canberra. He won in the opening round on Tuesday over Canadian Peter Polansky after scoring three victories in the qualies over the weekend. Moving comfortably on the lawns at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, Groth used his big serve and strong volleying to improve to 4-3 against the No. 209-ranked Brit. Groth served nine aces, won 89 percent of the points on his first serve and was never broken, saving six of six break points, including two in the bizarre last game. After holding at love in the opening game, Groth erased four break points in the third to keep his nose ahead at 2-1. The big Australian got the only break of the set with Klein serving at 2-3 and then closed it out with two routine service holds. Service prevailed through the first eight games of the second set before Groth cashed his fourth break point chance in the ninth game to put himself in position to serve it out. Klein, who had been having some kind of ongoing beef with umpire Mohamed Lahyani earlier, earning himself a warning, received a penalty point on the changeover after an escalated conversation. Groth started the 10th game at 15-0 as a result. After Klein netted a return on his second break point opportunity, pushing the score back to deuce, the Brit shouted: “Stupid, stupid person. Hit it.” Layhani then gave Klein a game penalty and it was game, set, match. Groth looked as stunned as Klein. The Brit played well and didn’t appear to deserve such an outcome. Groth will play fellow countryman John-Patrick Smith tomorrow for a spot in the semifinals.

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