Djokovic blasts Australian Open officials over 'brutal' conditions

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Djokovic said he had struggled to draw breath at times in his win over Gael Monfils, where 67C was recorded at ground level on Rod Laver Arena.

"I'm from Perth, so I'm used to this", she said.

Tennis stars - and elite athletes in general - are conditioned to push through the pain barrier at all costs. At times it seem a bit too much. "I love Australia. I love the summertime", she told a news conference after beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6 (4) in the second round.

"I got super dizzy ..." The fit players get an advantage, the ones that prepare themselves in the off-season.

"I felt the pain but I didn't think about it", said Halep, who will next face American Lauren Davies. "I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, it's bad, very, very hot, and it's easy to get blisters and red", i don't think that was the reason why today it didn't go my way.

"There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours", he said.

A lacklustre serving display from the British number one - she failed to land a single ace - allowed lefthander Pera ample opportunity to showcase her powerful returns off both sides and the 23-year-old American duly delivered. How many of them would admit to not being as strong as everyone expects them to be? At one stage I think was really hot. You're always constantly, week after week, being part of that dynamic of our sport.

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Gael Monfils struggles in the Melbourne heat. You can bet the on-court reading earlier in the day - when play took place under direct sunlight - was even higher.

Monfils has been seen by the tournament doctor after dropping the second set to Djokovic 3-6 after claiming the first 6-4.

Prize money in men's tennis has more than doubled in the last five years but for Novak Djokovic and some other players that is not enough. "No boycott", Djokovic said.

Federer, the defending champion, finished off a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff a half-hour before midnight, when the temperature was still around 29 degrees C (84 degrees F), and said playing at the height of the heat wouldn't have bothered him.

"If you see an NBA [basketball] player or an NFL [American football] player you think seven figures in their bank account and I don't think that's the case even for [some players who] make the main draw at Grand Slams. I want to try to play my game and go out there and do some damage". "And it's Novak Djokovic". That's seriously impressive stuff.

Djokovic was rumoured to have requested to play his match in the middle of the afternoon, despite the predicted heatwave. "It's their call. I'm happy I didn't have to go from night to day, I'm happy to play in the same rhythm".

"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".

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