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Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools — Tennis

19 Enero 2018, 08:19 | Cornelio Vivanco

Kerber revival meets Sharapova roadblock as Melbourne cools — Tennis

Wozniacki battles back from the brink

Djokovic said the conditions were some of the toughest he's ever played in, and had some advice for organizers with temperatures predicted to rise to 42 degrees C (108 degrees F) on Day 5.

Federer escaped the worst on Thursday, playing a night match on Rod Laver Arena, but said he had played in searing Australian temperatures plenty of times and experienced worse.

The policy was last implemented in 2014, when temperatures topped 40C for three days in succession.

Gael Monfils thought he was going to collapse in the extreme Melbourne Park heat. And then there have been the actual upsets, wrecking balls that have been leaving gaping holes in the draw.

They defended their stance in a statement issued following Cornet's ample criticism.

"It's good to win on my birthday and it's always a tough match against Donna".

Elite tennis is a small world in many ways, and Beltz was in Vekic's players' box at Margaret Court Arena, having linked up with the Croatian during the off-season.

Del Potro beat Karen Khachanov in four sets before he too complained about the weather.

Tournament organisers were criticised on social media for failing to call a halt to play in a city where outdoor construction workers often down tools for health and safety reasons when temperatures push past 35 degrees Celsius. "We know it can be very hot here in Australia".

However, Federer has spoken out to defend the current rules surrounding on-court conditions. But, like I said on court, I would back myself playing during the daytime also. Now we got two. "It's definitely a challenge".

"I was really happy with how aggressive I was". The Swiss star is ranked and seeded ninth; Sandgren is 97th. Thirty eight seems almost okay.

I didn't really understand that your influence is so impactful, especially towards the generation that's to come.

"But it's all good".

"For sure we took a risk", the 31-year-old Frenchman said.

Despite the conditions, officials have been strict about enforcing the 25-second time limit between points.

He was clutch against one of his idols, Tsonga, saving a set point in the third-set tiebreak and coming back from 2-5 in the fourth-set tiebreak. We don't have the players in the same room at all times. He duly earned a code violation. He was feeling confident.

Djokovic said the match's conditions pushed him "right at the limit" physically and mentally and called for the sport's authorities to look more closely at its players.

"It was brutal", Djokovic who wore a compression sleeve and employed a truncated service action, said.

Lindsey Vonn dominated training for a World Cup downhill for the second consecutive day on the Olympia delle Tofane course.

"The health of our players is of paramount concern to us, and we are constantly monitoring conditions".

It was the Latvian who ended her Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open in 2017 as she returned from a drug ban but not this time.

Asked what she took away from the experience, Kostyuk joked: "A lot".

No. 8 Caroline Garcia was the other lone Top 10 winner Thursday, outlasting Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6. The Grand Slams know that.

The unseeded Indian combination did not face too much trouble from their European opponents as they eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win.



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