SLAMMIN’ SAM: Sam Groth belts a backhand during his first round win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino yesterday.
SLAMMIN’ SAM: Sam Groth belts a backhand during his first round win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino yesterday. Cameron Spencergetty IMAGES

Sam Groth plots Andy Murray revenge

SAM Groth said winning for the first time since last year's US Open had given him plenty of hope ahead of a second-round match-up at the Australian Open with No.2 seed Andy Murray.

Before yesterday Groth had lost in the first round of his past four tournaments, including the opening two of this year in Brisbane and Sydney.

But after being troubled by a nerve problem in his right foot, for which he had surgery, he got back on track yesterday, with his booming serve helping him to a four-set win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Groth next plays Murray, who easily accounted for German Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-2 6-3.

The Newcombe Medallist last came up against the Scot in a Davis Cup semi-final doubles match last September, with Britain winning the tie 3-2.

"I'll try and come up with a game plan," he said. "I'll try and make up for Glasgow because this time I'll have the crowd on my side."

Fellow Aussie John Millman earned a passage to the second round when his opponent Diego Schwartzman retired with cramps on a hot day in Melbourne, with the score at 3-6 5-7 7-6 (7/2) 5-0.

The news wasn't good for some other Aussies with teenagers Maddison Inglis and Priscilla Hon both beaten in straight sets on their Grand Slam singles debuts.

Inglis, 18, lost 6-3 6-0 to No.21 seed Ekaterina Makarova from Russia and Hon bowed out 6-0 6-3 to German Annika Beck.

Fellow wildcard Kimberly Birrell also lost to ninth seed Karolina Pliskova, while Storm Sanders went down to Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4 6-2.

Jarmila Wolfe retired against Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova with a back injury. Wolfe was trailing 6-0 4-2.

Matthew Ebden was defeated by Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-4 and Brazilian Thomas Bellucci beat Australian Jordan Thompson 6-2 6-3 6-2.

 



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