Tennis Sam Groth, Rajeev Ram continue winning ways in Bogota

After some stunning tennis on two different continents last week, each of Sam Groth and Rajeev Ram won at the Claro Open Colombia.

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Sam Groth, Rajeev Ram continue winning ways in Bogota play

Sam Groth, Rajeev Ram continue winning ways in Bogota

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Sam Groth and Rajeev Ram built on their respective heroics from last week, earning first-round wins at the Claro Open Colombia on Wednesday.


Groth helped Australia come from 2-0 down in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin, winning sudden-death doubles and singles rubbers for his country.


Seeded sixth in Bogota, Groth earned a 7-5 4-6 7-5 win over Guido Pella to book a second-round date with Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.


Ram's second title victory in Newport on Sunday has given him a new lease on his tennis career, and he made it six match wins in succession with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 triumph over local hope Alejandro Falla.


Falla's fellow Colombian, wildcard Daniel Elahi Galan had more fortune - the teenager winning in what was his first main-draw match on the ATP World Tour.


Galan's match against Pere Riba began on Tuesday, with the Spaniard carrying a 4-3 first-set lead into Wednesday - after rain had prevented them from playing on at the ATP 250 hard-court tournament.


But Galan earned a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory, the world number 607 advancing to a second-round date with 2013 champion and top seed Ivo Karlovic.


Michael Berrer ousted eighth seed James Ward 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 7-5, while Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gomez upset fifth seed Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 0-6 7-6 (7-3).


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