Andy Murray, four-time runner-up in Melbourne appeared to be in superior form during his dismissal of Australia’s Sam Groth from the second round of the Australian Open tournament.
With this latest victory at appears Andy Murray has taken an intense liking to seeing Australian tennis players defeated, have recorded 17 wins in 17 matches against Australian tennis players on the tour. His loss to Nick Kyrgios at the recent Hopman Cup in Perth is nullified, since the tournament does not form an official part of the tour, with no ranking points counting toward tour standings.
Murray claimed victory in his Thursday match against Sam Groth looking positively imperious in his destruction of the Australian to finally beat him in 6 – 0 6 – 4 6 – 1. Sam Groth the man with the biggest serve in tennis had his major weapon neutralised with the excellence of the Brit number one’s returns. The big Australian had his attacking serve and volley play ransacked by the laser -like focus of the Scotsman’s passing returns, with big Sam nary having a look-see at Murray’s serve.
Murray’s 17th straight Australian victim managed at least one serve break during his second set when Murray had a slight break in concentration, which for short period of time gave the crowd a reason to cheer that might have granted Groth an unwarranted reason to hope. The fast rising star of the Scotsman was determined not to be dimmed in his quest to achieve his first Australian Open Grand Slam title victory after four unsuccessful attempts.
One of Murray’s most visible character traits also responsible in making him the ever-improving champion he is, is the Scot’s capacity to take on players at their own strong points and out-play them at their own game. It once again became apparent when Murray out-aced Groth 10 to 6, which strikes doubt into the mind and heart of his opponent when serves that normally score aces come booming back well out of reach. The effect rightfully gives an opponent a cause for worry, which in turn leaves Andy free allowing him to concentrate on serving his own aces and perfect deliveries.
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