Murray negates Groth's attack to advance in Melbourne

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 21, 2016 12:51 AM

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray executed his game-plan to negate the one booming weapon that Sam Groth possessed to beat the unseeded Australian 6-0 6-4 6-1 and advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Murray had said after the first round that he knew exactly what to expect against Groth -- big serve and a large frame to chip or pass at the net -- and the 28-year Briton did exactly what he needed to leave his opponent scrambling from the outset.

The world number two took 29 minutes to race through the first set, which included a nine-minute fourth game, and while Groth's serve found its range in the second, Murray still managed to pull out the big points when he needed.

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Murray continued his momentum into the third set, racing out to a 3-0 lead that he built on to set up a third round clash with Joao Sousa of Portugal.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)