Sam Groth wins marathon to push through at Brisbane International

SAM Groth has won through to the thrid round of the Brisbane International.

The former Albury junior won a marathon three setter-against Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6 6-7 6-7 in the early hours of this morning.

Groth was drawn to play South African Kevin Anderson, but the world No.20, was been struck down by an acute stomach virus in the lead-up to his first match at the 2014 event after receiving a bye in the opening round.

As Anderson was yet to play a match, his spot was filled by a lucky loser, Herbert.

Groth will now play the eighth seed, France’s Jeremy Chardy, for a spot in the semi-final and a possible clash with Roger Federer.

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