Australian Open 2018: Djokovic comes though Monfils test in blazing Melbourne heat

Australian Open 2018: Djokovic comes though Monfils test in blazing Melbourne heat

Australian Open 2018: Djokovic comes though Monfils test in blazing Melbourne heat

But the unseeded Frenchman returned for the second as a completely different player, clearly affected by the soaring temperatures under the summer sun.

While stopping short of nominating China as his preferred venue to take over, Djokovic considers the Far East nation to be a viable option.

"Novak looks good to me", Roger Federer said after beating Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the comparative chill of the evening session to set up a third-round match with Richard Gasquet. "I think sometimes we put our body at risk".

"I have to be more humble this time with my expectations because I haven't played in six months".

"It's nothing major to be concerned about".

"It was just one of these days where you had to stay tough mentally". I guess it's normal. I'll deal with it. It's fine. I finished the match.

"I'm telling you, I was dying on the court for 40 minutes".

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"Let's pick indoor events to finally give players a dose of what consistent time rules look like!" former USA professional and ESPN broadcaster Pam Shriver tweeted.

"I got super dizzy ..."

Thankfully there is always something to work on.

'You know what? The market is the market, ' he added. Best eight players in the world, singles players, best doubles players, are playing there.

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

"I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, (but) it's awful", she said.

Djokovic, who will meet Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas in the third round, was asked about his elbow after the match, and the Serb replied: "It's still not 100 per cent, but building". He makes you earn it.

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Chung showed another sign of his promise by coolly closing out a five-set win over German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, a player many pundits have widely tipped as a future grand slam victor.

"I'm not so sure about that, to be honest", he said.

"I was going down with the energy more and more with every match". India's Divij Sharan and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16, scored a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Marius Copil of Romania and Serbian Viktor Troicki in another first round clash. "If you look at the revenue, the sharing process, it's not quite where it's supposed to be".

"He (Chung) is playing great". He doesn't have too many holes in his game.

Chair umpire John Blom, trying to get the game going, handed Djokovic a time violation. "So let's see what happens". 'The professionalism of players.

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic cools down with the help of an ice towel while playing Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during their second-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).

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