Near-perfect Andy Murray shows fine form in demolition job on Sam Groth

  • Murray beats Groth 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 at Australian Open
  • Masterful performance from Scot puts him into third round

As Andy Murray and Sam Groth stood in the tunnel before their second-round match on day four of the Australian Open, the Australian who looks like he eats raw meat for breakfast turned to the Scot and confided, “I’ve never played on Rod Laver Arena, never even hit on it.”

The world No2, who has been a regular on the tournament’s main court for most of the past decade, smiled and replied, “That’s good.” An hour-and-a-half later, Murray had marmalised the world No67 with the biggest serve in the game so completely that he left the very clear impression he is in great shape to reach his fifth final here.

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