Murray negates Groth’s attack to advance in Melbourne

Jan 28, 2016
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The eighth-seeded Spaniard, who ended Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt’s career in the second round, overwhelmed Steve Johnson of the United States 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

Murray’s next challenger is 32nd seed Joao Sousa, a scrapper from Portugal.

That’s a tall order. However he has never made it past the third round of a grand slam.

“I’m just glad that I still didn’t get any this press conference because I have nothing more to say there”.

Every so often, a tennis player comes through who gets us all very excited, showing a huge amount of potential at a young age, making us think that we just might have the new superstar of the sport.

She got an early break in the second set and held serve before Sevastova, whose best Australian Open performance was the round of 16 in 2011, clawed her way back for 3-3. Behind 20 aces, Isner beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2).

Murray remembered being “in a bit of trouble” against Sousa at Roland Garros.

Rod Laver Arena did not see any competitive matches in the morning/afternoon session on Day 4 of the 2016 Australian Open.

The controversy has overshadowed the first week of the Australian Open ever since the BBC and Buzzfeed’s investigation was reported on the eve of the tournament. Azarenka has a fourth-round match against Barbora Styrcova. I wasn’t hitting the ball from the back of the court as well. But I’ve made it to the third round so I’m really happy. “Today’s victory was for that community, and a quick recovery and all of Canada, and I’m sure the world is behind you”.

The American lost in straight sets to Lukas Rosol in the second round of the Australian Open, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Speaking after the match, Murray told BBC Radio Five Live: “The lob is one of my favourite ways to win a point”.

Konta will now face the Czech world No 66 Denisa Allertova, to whom she lost in three sets in the French Open first round a year ago.

“That surprised me”, Murray revealed.

As well as that trio plus Murray and Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro have one title each, with the latter hoping to recover from his persistent wrist injury and return to action this year.

The British number one has barely broken sweat in his opening two rounds in Melbourne after sailing past Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-2 6-3 and then thrashing Australian Sam Groth 6-0 6-4 6-1 to make round three.

“He’s looked sharp, he’s looked calm and his game obviously fits perfectly into the way Groth played”.

Medical staff remove an injured patron from Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.

Both would represent a significant step up from Zheng, ranked 83rd in the world and whose only impact at a grand slam remains reaching the doubles semi-finals here in 2013.

With No. 2 Simon Halep and No. 7 Venus Williams already out, No. 20 Ivanovic from Serbia is the most experienced player in her quarter.

The Brit claimed the first set 6-0, before Groth tried to force a comeback in the second set.

Most importantly, she showed staying power.

John Isner's serve, return game carry him into round of 32

 

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