February 21, 2018

Djokovic overcomes injury scare, defeats Viñolas at Australian Open

21 January 2018, 03:31 | Randolph Howard

GETTYRafael Nadal says the heat made it dangerous at the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal

But she's started this season in excellent fettle and made a potentially testing tussle decidedly easy, taking just over an hour to wrap the match up.

The 193-centimetre tall baseliner was gasping for air between points and approached the chair umpire midway through the second set to warn that he was on the verge of collapsing.

Novak Djokovic took to Twitter to joke about the heat in Melbourne the other day.

He also said he was encouraged that the players were communicating with one another again. Unseeded Monfils needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing. I think I had a small heat-stroke for 40 minutes. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I tried to cool down. Players turned to ice vests, wet towels and even doused themselves with cold water at change overs for relief on Thursday.

"It was some harm, you know".

Djokovic agreed - up to a point.

Djokovic described the conditions in his post-match interview as "brutal".

"He wasn't at his best at the end of the second and entire third set".

"The health of our players is of paramount concern, but we need to be consistent with the outside courts so some don't get an unfair advantage", the tournament tweeted in response to fans raising concerns. Heat, humidity, and wind all can play a large factor in the outcome of any match. You have to take into consideration different angles before making a big call like that.

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GETTYAustralian Open fans were forced to rush for shade

"It was a really tough game against Alex Zverev". From that point on, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Vinolas, who eventually succumbed to the relentless pressure from Djokovic. With his return to the circuit, Djokovic, the president of the ATP Player Council, has also been initiating discussions on prize money hikes and the merits of unionization. You only had to look at his ranking and seeding of 14 to know that for a victor of 12 major tournaments and 68 in all, things haven't been going to the usual script.

World number five Thiem, who battled a viral infection at the Doha lead-up event, lifted his intensity after falling behind, slapping 34 winners to 19 in the final three sets. Mannarino's countrymen Juliean Benneteau and Richard Gasquet also advanced. He was broken in the fourth game of the third set. The 31-year-old said it was the hardest conditions he has ever played in.

"They deserve it. No doubt about it", he said at the Australian Open, per Sport24.

"The fittest [will] win, and I think that is fair enough", he said.

"Yes, I do. I'll tell you what". "The temperature was too high for playing tennis".

Alexander Zverev serves in his third round match against Hyeon Chung. Maximillian Materer ousted Fernando Verdasco in 5.

Roger Federer defeated Jan-Lennard Struff to reach round three but Stan Wawrinka's comeback tournament following knee surgery ended in defeat to Tennys Sandgren.

While Konta and Muguruza were beaten in Melbourne, world No.1 Simona Halep was in top form as she beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dream coming here. I like to see the way he saved match point. That's a big step for me. "I'm looking forward to the next challenge".

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