Wimbledon roommates put friendship aside for clash

TENNIS: They might be roommates at Wimbledon, but the friendship will briefly go on hold when Aussies Sam Groth and James Duckworth clash in the second round at Wimbledon tonight.

Playing at the All England club for the first time, Groth ended American hopeful Jack Sock's campaign with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory. Duckworth produced a typical hard-fought 7-6 6-2 3-6 3-6 7-5 victory over Tunisian Malek Jaziri, and won't get any favours from his big-serving countryman.

"It's interesting. It could be a bit tense in the house the next couple of days," Groth said.

"We travel together, we practise together and we're good mates.

"But I've got to try and treat it - not like it's a friend - but like it's another match and a match I feel like I can win."

Meanwhile, Casey Dellacqua and Ajla Tomljanovic made it nine Aussies through to the second round after straight sets wins.

Dellacqua beat Austria's Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-2 to book a match-up against Japan's Misaki Doi, while Tomljanovic will play No.13 seed Agnieszka Radwanska after knocking out Czech Klara Koukalova 6-3 6-4

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