NEWPORT, R.I., July 10, 2014 - Australian Samuel Groth made his way into his first ATP World Tour semifinal at Newport today, defeating defending champion Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 6-4.
"I've got myself in great shape," reflected Groth on his recent rise. "I'm not losing my mind out on court. I'm doing a lot of things better. I've tightened up my groundstrokes. I'm volleying better than I ever have. I'm making it tough for guys to break me. I'm becoming a more complete player."
Also advancing to the semifinals was Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who edged Dudi Sela 7-6(3), 7-5. Karlovic will face Groth in the semifinals.
In doubles action in Newport today, the teams of Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt, Austin Krajicek and John-Patrick Smith, and Jonathan Ehrlich and Rajeev Ram all earned semifinal berths.
Friday in Newport will offer up lots of great tennis. The day opens with a doubles match featuring defending doubles champion Nicolas Mahut and partner Sergiy Stakhovsky versus the Canadian pairing of 8-time Grand Slam champion Daniel Nestor and Adil Shamasdin. Next up on Center Court will be two big singles matches - Lleyton Hewitt versus Steve Johnson, and an all-American quarterfinal between John Isner and Jack Sock. Hewitt is back on court to close out the day, playing a doubles semifinal with Chris Guccione versus Austin Krajicek and John-Patrick Smith.
Off the courts in Newport today, players and guests participated in Alex and Ani Ladies Day at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, featuring a runway show with looks by Fila and Brooks Brothers. ATP World Tour players Matt Ebden and Steve Johnson were among those to walk the runway. (pictured right: Matt Ebden at the Alex and Ani Runway Show, featuring Fila and Brooks Brothers)
RESULTS - JULY 10, 2014
Singles - Quarterfinals
 I Karlovic (CRO) d D Sela (ISR) 76(3) 75
S Groth (AUS) d  N Mahut (FRA) 63 64
Doubles - Quarterfinals
A Krajicek (USA) / J Smith (AUS) d
 M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) 63 64
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d
D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) 75 63
J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 75 76(1)
ORDER OF PLAY - FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
CENTER start 11:00 am
N Mahut (FRA) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs  D Nestor (CAN) / A Shamasdin (CAN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
 L Hewitt (AUS) vs  S Johnson (USA)
 J Isner (USA) vs  J Sock (USA)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs A Krajicek (USA) / J Smith (AUS)
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Order of Play