Djokovic staggers past Monfils in draining win

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Notable players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Juan Martin del Potro have all questioned the safety of playing in the heat.

Monfils also argued with the chair official that he should scrap that rule that requires players to serve within 25 seconds.

"If Nick thinks he has a serious chance to win a major, he does need to top playing doubles", Courier said on Channel 7.

Sharapova finally got on the board, but flawless Kerber was finding winners nearly at will and broke again to take a 4-1 advantage in just 23 minutes. We were also getting into some long exchanges and rallies.

Other seeded players advancing included Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. She got a lot of help from a badly misfiring Sharapova that day in NY, the kind of help you can't count on getting again from a five-time Grand Slam champ. "I haven't played for six months but I'm very pleased with where my game is at at the moment.". "I played well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley", Sharapova, whose smile matched the brightness of the Melbourne afternoon sun, said. It was tough to breathe. "I enjoy my stay, play my best tennis".

"That, to me, is a big thing because I'll be back on the practice court; I'm not starting from zero".

Without a second's thought, Djokovic told the chair umpire, "You misunderstood".

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"I'll try to use that for recovery and training to get in shape".

"I felt the pain but I didn't think about it", said Halep, who will next face American Lauren Davies.

Germany's Andrea Petkovic, who was beaten 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 by Lauren Davis, said she could not think straight during her match.

The conditions present the ultimate test of fitness and stamina, with organisers only activating the extreme heat policy when the temperature exceeds 40 Celsius and the wet bulb globe temperature index hits 32.5 Celsius. A formula which takes into account both heat and humidity is used. "I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing".

While a break for 3-1 with a forehand victor was enough for Federer to go on and secure the opening set after a Gasquet double fault, he bided his time in the second before striking at 6-5 up to break again and double his lead.

Federer coasted through the opening sets under the lights at Rod Laver Arena but was dragged into a scrap in the third as the 55th-ranked Struff broke his serve and took the match into a tiebreak on a steamy night.

Wawrinka was suspected to have a knee injury going into the tournament and clutched it throughout the contest.

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