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Andy Murray vs. Sam Groth 2016 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Sam Groth vs. Andy Murray
Date & Time Wednesday January 20, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Sam Groth +2625 / Andy Murray -5500 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN2, Tennis
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Andy Murray and Sam Groth meet Wednesday in the second round of the 2016 Australian Open.

Andy Murray is coming off a straight sets win over Alexander Zverev. In the victory, Murray won 82 percent of his first serve points, had 28 winners and three aces. Murray got 58 percent of his first serves in play and had just 20 unforced errors. Quick matches and health are always the key for Murray, who can compete with any player on tour when his stamina and back issues are fine. As long as Murray can put points away quickly and save himself for the big matches, he’ll be a threat to win his first major since the 2013 Wimbledon. Murray hasn’t lost in the second round of a grand slam since the 2005 US Open.

Sam Groth is coming off a solid four-set win over Adrian Mannarino. In the victory, Groth hit 27 aces, won 75 percent of his first serve points and won 35 net points. Groth had 64 winners and 51 unforced errors. Groth lives and dies on his ridiculous serve that’s one of the best of anyone on tour and is very tough to break when he’s getting his first serve in play. As long as Groth can hold serve and limit his unforced errors, he has a shot to make this match interesting. However, Groth is more of a double player and still has to prove himself in singles play. Groth has made it to the third round of a major twice in his career, both which came last year.  

This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.

Murray is going to win this match, but Groth has the ability to make it somewhat interesting with his monster serve. I’d take a large number spread if I’m able to find it.

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