Andy Murray Australian Open 2016
Andy Murray acknowledges the support after easing past Alexander Zverev in the first round of the Australian OpenReuters

Andy Murray will have to weather the heat, home crowd and the tall Sam Groth to move into the third round of the 2016 Australian Open.

The world number two was quite impressive in his first round win over Alexander Zverev, easing past the German 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 to show he means business yet again in Melbourne.

"I think I could have done a little bit better job of closing the match out a little bit sooner, because I did have chances to go up a double break," Murray told reporters after the win, showing just how high the standards are that he has set in this tournament. "I think I had I think three games in a row Love-30 and break points as well.

"But I played well. I played a good match. Just could have, you know, been a bit more efficient in the third set, I think."

While Murray would have been the favourite of the majority of the crowd in his first round match, the situation will change for this second round clash, considering Groth is Australian. Murray doesn't yet have those Roger Federer powers to sway even the home crowd in his favour, so that is something the Brit will have to overcome if he is to stop the big-serving Groth.

"First time playing him in singles," Murray said of facing the 28-year-old. "He's a big guy. Serves big, and [uses] serve and volley tactics. He tries to get forward as much as he can. You don't see many players like that now. That will be different.

"Obviously he will have the crowd behind him, as well. He's a competitive guy, too. Fights extremely hard. Has a great attitude. He will make it tough for me because he has a different game style to a lot of the players now.

"Yeah, I'll be ready for that. I normally enjoy playing against the guys that come forward and stuff, so hopefully I can return well and, you know, pass well. I'll need to if I want to win."

Groth said he plans to be aggressive against Murray, with those serves, in particular, set to come into play. "I will serve well and [hopefully] it doesn't come back," the Australian told reporters. "I'm going to take it to him. For me, doesn't really change too much. I'm going to serve big and try to get forward and play aggressively, use my -- everything I do normally."

Where to Watch Live

The Australian Open second round match between Andy Murray and Sam Groth will begin in a few minutes, with live coverage of the match in India on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. The online live streaming option is on Sonyliv. Channel 7 will broadcast the Australian Open live in Australia.

BBC will show Murray's match live in the UK and Ireland, while all the action can also be live streamed on BBCiPlayer. Eurosport and Eurosport Player are the places to be to watch the first Grand Slam of the year live in the rest of Europe.

Fox Sports will show the second round matches live in South East Asia as well as South Korea. Bein Sports and Bein Sports Connect will broadcast Andy Murray vs Sam Groth live in the Middle East and North Africa.

ESPN will show Murray vs Groth live in the US and Canada, while the live stream option is on Watch ESPN.

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