Groth vs Ito by Experttennis

This one is quite a match , big server being Sam Groth and the typical baseliner in Tatsuma Ito with decent all around game but nothing more than that .


Groth is a huge favourite in this one because of his big serve and the surface makes him one of the main favourites for the title , only player left on tournament maybe able to bother him is Yen Hsun Lu a local player but we might talk about it when it gets there . So far Sam has been quite dominant on this tournament winning all of his service games and not even facing a break point in two of his so far matches . He fired down 18 aces against Smith and what a serving performance again Zheng with 28 aces and only 2 points dropped after his first serve and 9 / 16 after his second serve won . As soon as I noticed that this tournament is played on clay I knew that he could go a long way here and I think that he might even go all the way . Has all the tools he needs on his disposal and if the serve keeps working as it has so far there is no player other than Lu able to deal with that kind of firing power .


Tatsuma Ito is a Japanese player who is a solid player , has every shot in his arsenal and combine that with his quick feet as all of the Japanese players have he is a threat to those players under 100 ranking if so . I dont see anything too special about him , solid serve but nothing more than that and considering that Groth is a very agressive player able to produce so much power both on his backhand and on his forehand I think that he might struggle here . We saw what was Raonic able to do to him in Davis Cup only letting him get a couple of games per set and this is a similar matchup to that one .Groth might not be as good of a baseliner as Raonic is but he certainly has the serve .I also think that his baseline game is widely underrated and if he is motivated and bursting with confidence he can give a lot of troubles to even the top players as we saw Federer having a few and Raonic winning a match against him in the third set and in the breaker .


I think that Groth will hold his serve fairly comfortable and that he will be the one dictating the rallies and even might use his chip and charge tactic that is a solid way to attack a player like Ito . To me he is a bigger favourite than this odds of 1.61 are saying and I am trying my luck with him .

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Groth William Hill 1.61 9 2-0 WON (+5.49 units)
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