Novak Djokovic overcomes Gael Monfils in four sets

Former champion Maria Sharapova will not care less what reception she receives when she plays her first Australian Open match since completing a doping ban on Tuesday according to three-times Melbourne winner Mats Wilander. Reuters file

"Gonna be 97 degrees at match time: interesting that @DjokerNole REQUESTED heat of the day for today's collision with Monfils".

Monfils argued there should be leeway for players to take longer between points than the allotted 25 seconds and for longer breaks between sets when conditions are so physically challenging.

About that 5:30 reading: That came when shade was beginning to cover the court area.

"I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, it's awful, very, very hot, and it's easy to get blisters and red", she said.

That's right, Monfils claims he had a heat stroke.

Djokovic, playing in his first tournament for six months after an elbow injury, just did enough at the end to carve out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win in 2hr 45min on baking Rod Laver Arena.

"Our sport has become an industry, like most of the other global sports".

Tennis Australia has been approached for comment on whether its extreme heat policy, twice invoked in 2009 and 2014, will be enforced with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a top of 42C on Friday.

Without any background in atmospheric science or climatology, I don't have a clue about the relationship between temperature and WetBulb Globes.

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"Its a huge deal for me, and something that if I dont ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one", Sandgren said. "I think it's more a problem for players who don't have options and variety in their game".

"The sixth game of (the second set) set was the one that did the damage", Jim Courier said on Channel 7 of Monfils.

"I may have thrived in those conditions", he said. "Almost 40 degrees out there is too much for the health. If the courts have roofs, why not put the roof on when the conditions are extreme?"

Defending champion Roger Federer had the luxury of playing in the relative cool of the night session but did not have things all his own way against German Jan-Lennard Struff, coming from 3-1 down in the third set to win 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/4). Sections of seats exposed to direct sunlight were almost entirely empty, save for a few fearless fans.

"These seats are hot; they are burning, and if you touch them it feels like your clothes are on fire", said Marintelli, whose discolored nose was in clear need of some ointment. It was looking very hot. "I put sunscreen on about six times and kept covering myself with cold water".

Maria Sharapova was untroubled by the heat, although she was on court in the morning and avoided the worst of it. I have nothing to say. "And it's Novak Djokovic". They fight to have the best possible tour for them.

"Del Potro was so impacted by the heat that it took him almost three hours at the end of his match to meet with the media". "That's really it", Muguruza told reporters.

The 12-time grand slam victor began to also feel the heat during the fourth set, appearing to complain to his players' box with coaches Andre Agassi and Radep Stepanek watching on. Honestly, I played two sets out of breath, for nothing, just to please the official. "I understand there is a factor of tickets. But there is a limit of being fit to play and being, I think, in danger to your health". On my walk to Rod Laver Arena, an older woman collapsed near the tournament's media center. It was a tough decision I think for the official. You kind of work and train hard to be able to sustain these kind of conditions, to be tough.

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