Mur­ray says in­jury ‘ mi­nor’ ahead of Karlovic clash

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

ANDY Mur­ray is con­fi­dent he can over­come shoul­der sore­ness ahead of a Wim­ble­don fourth- round clash tonight with Croat serv­ing phe­nom­e­non Ivo Karlovic.

In­creas­ingly viewed as the player to beat for the ti­tle, Mur­ray sent a scare through his le­gion of fans when he needed treat­ment in a roller­coaster win over An­dreas Seppi. The Scot lost six games in a row be­fore hav­ing treat­ment and steam­ing to a fourset tri­umph, claim­ing the in­jury is in­signif­i­cant.

“It’s some­thing I had the last two, three days. I only re­ally feel it when I’m serv­ing but it’s not some­thing that’s of ma­jor con­cern to me,” he said.

“It’s stiff­ness and ev­ery time I fin­ish a prac­tice or any­thing, I have my back ma­nip­u­lated. The physio came on the court and said it was like a ma­chine gun go­ing off when he laid on top of me. Lit­er­ally my back cracked a lot.”

Aus­tralian Sam Groth swept into Davis Cup cal­cu­la­tions dur­ing a four- set loss to Roger Fed­erer. A grass­court rev­e­la­tion, Groth fired 21 aces and 47 win­ners. “Not just the serve but also the volley. He’s so dan­ger­ous and he’s also a good mover com­ing for­ward on the volley,” Feder said.

Groth be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence of joust­ing with Fed­erer – and tak­ing a set off the master grass-courter – proves he can climb into the top 50.

Groth was dis­mis­sive about his 236km/ h blast, the fastest serve de­liv­ered this sea­son. “Peo­ple ask me whether I was try­ing to break the record and I just say no,” he said.

“To be hon­est, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. It’s great that you get your name writ­ten some­where, but I’d trade all of my records to win that match.”

Roberto Bautista Agut, Gilles Si­mon, Marin Cilic and Karlovic made it to the round of 16.

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