Sam looks like has has bounced back well. He is into the final qualifying round of the ATP Newport tournament on grass. His first serve is firing when it goes in, only lost 2 out of 57 points when it has gone in. He plays Stadler in the final round which will be his hardest match but it looks like he has a good chance.
Groth qualified and has a beautiful draw following the withdrawal of Mardy Fish. Plays Ricardo Mello in the first round and then either qualifier Falla or lucky loser Ram in the second round. If he could get through to the QF he would most likely play either Levine or Petzschner who he would again have a good chance against. Hopefully he can keep firing and win a few matches in the MD.
Sams got 26 points to defend next week and then another 10 at the end of this week. So if Sam wins one match at Newport he will gain 32 points which should be enough to keep him around the 250 region until US Open qualies which I'm sure Sam will want to play. I wish him all the best because I think he is one of few Australians that could genuinely play ATP tournaments every week.
They reckon they finished it on Tuesday, Sam won 7-5 3-6 6-3. Rajeev Ram is next for Sam who beat Sam 6-4 6-4 earlier this year. Lets hope he can make the quarterfinals here and then you never know how far he will go.