BORDER professional Sam Groth’s stop-start career is taking off again.
The 25-year-old’s staggering rise up the world tour rankings has continued, with the big-serving right-hander rising 41 spots to a career-high No. 189 on the ATP Tour.
Groth is also ranked No. 134 in doubles and has jumped to No. 6 in Australia in singles, behind Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic, Lleyton Hewitt, Matt Ebden and John Millman.
Ebden has a Border link, with local star Mark Shanahan helping coach him to victory in the Australian Open mixed doubles final in January.
Ebden lost to 31st seed Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, 6-4 6-4 in the second round at Indian Wells this week.
Dimitrov will now play Serbia’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Groth, who holds the world’s fastest serve of 263km/h, already has a singles title to his name this year after winning on grass at the Mildura Grand International, an ITF Futures event.
He also reached the semi-finals at the Sydney Challenger and won his third Mildura doubles title.