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Roger Federer makes Australian Open schedule admission after Novak Djokovic complaint

20 January 2018

"Used to go to Dubai when it was 45 - 38 seems nearly OK".

"And it's Novak Djokovic".

Djokovic's third-round opponent Gael Monfils said on Thursday he was "dying on court" in the hot conditions.

Halep crushes Bouchard Aggressive world number one Simona Halep kept her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on course by cruising into the third round.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the third round on Saturday.

Former world No.1s and ex-Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation and Angelique Kerber of Germany on Thursday eased past Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova and Croatia's Donna Vekic respectively to set up an intriguing match in the third round of the Australian Open.

World No 1 Simona Halep was also convincing in her straight demolition of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

In another upset, 13th seed, Sam Querrey, was knocked out by Marton Fucsovics, also in four sets 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 2-6. Pera, who didn't even know she had a spot in the main draw until another player withdrew, will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova. Clearly, the 2014 champion was too ambitious. The Spaniard beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

"I only had surgery five months ago, " said Wawrinka, who still has a visible scar running down his left knee and hadn't played since Wimbledon. To be that far already, it's more than what we could have expect with my team.

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"It's never easy to play against top 20 girls". And while both players appeared to struggle - reports put the temperature on the court itself at 69 degrees - and took breaks to douse themselves in water, it got to Monfils in particular. Stay tuned to see how Novak Djokovic and others fare throughout the rest of the Australian Open. But in my opinion it's tougher, for example, at Rio de Janeiro than here, because the humidity there is insane and nearly the same heat. Should there be more time allowed for players to recover between points?

But they were not deemed extreme enough for the tournament to implement its policy, which can see matches on open courts postponed and those on the show courts played with the roof closed.

Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Monfils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.

"There is a limit and that is a level of, I guess, tolerance between being fit and being, I think, in danger in terms of health", Djokovic later said.

The Serbian, the champion in Australia a record-equalling six times, went on to lament the organisers for not delaying play until later in the afternoon, when the hottest conditions had passed.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has reportedly outlined plans to boost prize money at the opening Grand Slam of the year from $55 million to $100 million over the next five years.

"I maybe could have done things better, but at the end, she deserves to win", she said.

"It's just this human factor of the chair umpire really putting an effort to understand what's happening, really understanding the game, the dynamics of the points, the conditions and how that affects it all". If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy. Playing in this condition is of course very unsafe for the health of the player.

Roger Federer makes Australian Open schedule admission after Novak Djokovic complaint