As expected: Maria Sharapova advances at Australian Open

As expected: Maria Sharapova advances at Australian Open

Gael Monfils of France in action during his second round match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 18 January 2018.

"I'm sick to the stomach".

Djokovic looked far from his best but was still too good for the enigmatic world No.39, maintaining his ideal record against Monfils with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory.

Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical time out for heat stress in the second set and said he had trouble breathing. She then retired from a match at the season-opening Brisbane International with a hip injury.

"It was tough to breathe", he said.

"I think it's probably the biggest asset".

After beating Monfils in a sloppy, four-set slug-fest, Djokovic said tournament supervisors should have delayed the match.

"They're at very high risk of overheating and that is potentially lethal".

Rafael Nadal also weighed in: "I think it is a health issue".

"I played really well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley".

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'Of course we all understand that to compete in these conditions is not easy. "That's it. I lost it and I (went) a little bit insane".

After coming through a two-hour three-set win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round on Thursday, the Swiss said this about the matter, talking specifically about the slice of the cake players get to take at the majors. "I got it for free".

"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. Couldn't feel like fresh. I try to cool down. But I was just trying to start the day with drinking a lot of water and also taking the ice towels between the breaks. "Could not be very fresh after any points, so it was tougher".

French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she almost fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.

With AP Photos.Melbourne Park was expected to scorch in temperatures reaching 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) on Friday, the fifth day of the Australian Open.

When both these boxes are ticked, matches on outside courts are halted and roofs closed on all three indoor-capable venues. We played in Stuttgart.

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

Tennis Australia's chief operations officer Tom Larner provided further clarity on the heat policy.

"The conditions of play are established prior to the event, and this includes the Extreme Heat Policy [EHP]". Tournament referee Wayne McKewen said the heat rule was close to being implemented Friday but that the temperature subsequently dropped.

That decision is taken when the ambient temperature exceeds 40 degrees and the wet bulb globe temperature index exceeds 32.5 degrees.

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