Murray Mauls Groth In Melbourne

Andy Murray had little trouble in defeating Sam Groth 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 in the Australian Open men’s singles second on Thursday in Melbourne.  The Briton took 91 minutes to wrap up victory at the Rod Laver Arena.  Murray hit 35 winners and was guilty of only 11 unforced errors against the Australian.

2014 champion Stanislas Wawrinka joins Murray in the third round thanks to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over journeyman Radek Stepanek at the Hisense Arena.  Wawrinka served 15 aces and hit 43 winners in a powerful display that last two hours and one minute.  David Ferrer also eased his way into the next round on Day Four at Melbourne Park.

Ferrer’s 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win in 152 minutes on Rod Laver brought an end to Lleyton Hewitt’s career.  The Australian had announced that this would be his final professional tournament.  Hewitt peaked at the start of this century when he won the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon.