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Angry Groth out of Aussie Open playoffs

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Michael Ramsey

Sam Groth's horror year has continued, crashing out of the Australian Open playoffs with a five-set loss to Chris O'Connell.

The 2015 Newcombe Medallist repeatedly clashed with the umpire and couldn't get the better of O'Connell, who prevailed 7-5 3-6 7-5 4-6 8-6 on Wednesday at Melbourne Park.

It was a different story for 2014 US Open junior champion Omar Jasika, who cruised to a 6-4 6-0 6-2 win over Gavin Van Peperzeel.

Groth's simmering frustration boiled over late in the third set when the umpire overruled the line judge and called a fault against him.

The 29-year-old double-faulted, going on to lose the game and, with it, the set, before smashing his racquet repeatedly into the ground.

"That's the most unbelievable time to overrule a call," an incensed Groth told the umpire.

"You are a joke."

The outburst cost Groth a code violation and a point penalty but it didn't stop him continuing to fire up at the umpire.

At times, Groth was able to use his anger constructively, sending down some blistering first serves.

But 22-year-old O'Connell was a picture of calm at the other end, pulling out an impressive array of shots including a spectacular backhand down the line on match point.

"I'm pretty quiet on the court. I kind of zone out and just play my tennis," O'Connell said.

"I needed to concentrate on holding my serve because, if I got broken, it was pretty hard for me to get back into the set."

The loss caps off a horror 2016 for Groth, a former world No.53 who had since plummeted to No.180.

Top seed Andrew Whittington was also knocked out, losing to John-Patrick Smith in straight sets.

After struggling with a bug during Monday's opening round, 23-year-old Whittington appeared to still be unwell during the 7-5 6-4 7-6 (11-9) defeat.

Smith took full advantage, running the fatigued Whittington around the court at every opportunity.

Whittington's frustration ended up getting the better of him throughout the match, smashing his racquet and launching several outbursts at the umpire.

"At the end, I tried to grind him down a bit and I got the last point but that tiebreaker could have gone either way," Smith said.

NSW's Blake Mott defeated fourth-seeded Victorian Marc Polmans 6-2 6-2 6-3 to book his place among the final four who will compete for a sole berth in the main draw of January's Australian Open.

The women's tournament will continue on Thursday.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN'S WILDCARD PLAYOFF RESULTS - DAY TWO:

5-John-Patrick Smith def 1-Andrew Whittington 7-5 6-4 7-6 (11-9)

6-Chris O'Connell def 2-Sam Groth 7-5 3-6 7-5 4-6 8-6

8-Blake Mott def 4-Marc Polmans 6-2 6-2 6-3

Omar Jasika def Gavin Van Peperzeel 6-4 6-0 6-2

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