Andy Murray: Davis Cup doubles experience helped against Sam Groth

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Andy Murray: Davis Cup doubles experience helped against Sam Groth

The analysis was dead on.

Andy Murray maintained his flawless record against Australian opponents when he defeated Sam Groth 6-0, 6-4, 6-1, his 17th consecutive win against players from Down Under.

Murray has faced little resistance through two rounds. "Fortunately for me, obviously, I won, but it was a shame we had to play each other".

Murray played a crisp match all around.

It's the last time Hewitt, who will now coach Australia's Davis Cup team, will find himself in that position.

Murray broke again in the opening game of the second set, with Groth eventually getting on the board in the third game of the set.

"I think it's not supported by any kind of proof, any evidence, any facts".

Wawrinka came through his second round match against 37-year-old Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and will face a testing third round encounter with Czech Lukas Rosol, who beat Jack Sock in straight sets.

The 23rd seed, Monfils, would have sensed it was his day after taking the first set in fortuitous fashion, when a scrambling return suddenly became unplayable after clipping the top of the net. Behind 20 aces, Isner beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2). "Plays predominantly from the back of the court. I feel fortunate to finish here".

He went on to win 29 career titles, including the two majors.

Eighth-seeded Spaniard Ferrer played the villain to perfection, however, ending the two-times grand slam champion's record 20th campaign at Melbourne Park with an emphatic 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory. "I also spent one week in Manacor with Rafa preparing for this season for the first time".

"I actually named my dog after him", Murray said in an on-court interview, drawing laughter.

"The whole match and the score line doesn't reflect the amount of tough battles we had with those games, the long games we had", Konta said afterwards.

Facing the net approach and the powerful serves of Groth will likely help Murray as he advances deeper into the tournament and plays a variety of opponents.

For tennis fans, it may have been the flawless antidote to allegations of match fixing and not trying, or tanking, in matches that took place on the tour years ago. Gael Monfils will be looking to continue his fine form against Stephane Robert in what promises to be a fun and entertaining clash of the Frenchmen. On Saturday, the former No. 1 resumes her bid to win a third Australian Open against rising star Naomi Osaka.

Murray and 26-year-old Sousa, who reached the third round by beating Colombia's Santiago Giraldo, are familiar foes.

The on-court drama spilled into the stands early in the day at Rod Laver Arena, where a spectator was injured in a tumble down the stairs during former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic's 6-3 6-3 win over Anastasija Sevastova.

He sits in a comfortable section of the draw.

The only set Murray has dropped to Sousa was in their most recent encounter at last year's French Open.

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Andy Murray: Davis Cup doubles experience helped against Sam Groth
Andy Murray: Davis Cup doubles experience helped against Sam Groth

 

 

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