Andy Murray’s cold reality for tennis as Lleyton Hewitt’s fire burns out

• Murray sees off big-serving Sam Groff 6-0, 6-4, 6-1
• Hewitt angry at match-fixing stories at Australian Open

An eerie chill has settled over the 2016 Australian Open. And it is not just the changing weather that has persuaded players to turn up their collars against further unpleasant developments on day four.

Lingering claims of match-fixing – imagined, ancient, unproven or perhaps even legitimate – have sent mild panic through the locker room, not to mention the executive boardrooms of TV stations, high-end sponsors and the game’s administrators. It has been a surreal couple of days. Players now not only check their racket strings and water bottles, they have to keep an eye on their algorithms – a word that Andy Murray, for one, had never heard before this week.

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