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Australian Open 2014 Day 2: Temperatures soar in Melbourne

It gets hot on the second day of the Australian Open
by Alexandra Willis at Melbourne Park
Tuesday 14 January 2014

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the second day of play at the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park

Feeling the heat
It was just as hot as everyone predicted on the second day of the Australian Open. With temperatures reaching 107.9 degrees F, 42.2 degrees C, Frank Dancevic fainted, Peng Shaui was sick, the press hid and fans disappeared.

The extreme heat policy came into effect in the middle of the afternoon, Peng Shuai and Kurumi Nara taking a 10-minute break at 1 set all, as did Agnieszka Radwanksa and Yulia Putintseva's match.

But Roger Federer believes the roof should always stay open.

" I think it should always stay open, honestly.  That's my opinion.

" Depending on where you come from it has a bigger effect on you, this type of heat, than maybe humid heat.  So it's very personal, and it can become just a very mental thing, you know, and you just can't accept that it's hot.

"Just deal with it, because it's the same for both.  That's basically it."

Yaroslava Shvedova was another player to struggle, the trainers covering her in ice towels as she lay down on the floor during her loss to Sloane Stephens.

And then it was announced that the tramlines had buckled too.

"Every single person that I saw coming in from practice or going out to play a match or coming back from a match, everyone just said like, It's really hot today," Andy Murray said.

"In these conditions you want to win fast.  Whether I've played a lot of matches or not, every player would want to get off the court as quick as possible."

Marathon man
On Saturday, Gilles Simon was on crutches. On Tuesday, he played for over four hours in blistering heat, saving seven match points to beat Daniel Brands 16-14 in the fifth set in the dark on Court 7. The definition of leaving it all out on the court.

The disappointment
The night match that wasn't, as Bernard Tomic was forced to retire against Rafael Nadal after dropping the first set 6-4. Raising his hands in apology to the Rod Laver Arena crowd, Tomic later said that he had tweaked his leg in practice yesterday, and aggravated it during the warm up.

 "I went for one ball on the backhand and just felt it. I was, Oh, no.  It's tough playing Rafa with two legs, let alone one," Tomic said. 

" I just had to go for my shots.  I was putting no stress on my leg and it was still hurting when I had to run for any balls.  I just felt like, If I continue playing, who knows, something worse can happen, cannot play maybe for a few months.  I don't want to do that.  I have to protect myself as much as I can."

Big win
Juan Martin Del Potro staved off dropping a set to Rhyne Williams, while Agnieszka Radwanska survived both the peak of the heat and Yulia Putintseva's exuberance, advancing in three on Hisense, and Fernando Verdasco beat Chinese qualifier Zhang Ze in four.

Another big win was also disappointing, if you are Australian that is. Or even if you are not. 24th seed Andreas Seppi saved a match point with an ace against Lleyton Hewitt, who had never-say-died to battle back from two sets to love down on Rod Laver Arena. The 24th seed found back to back aces to snuff out the danger though, eventually winning 7-5 in the 5th.

The following thundered through their matches in straight sets or less: Dominka Cibulkova, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alize Cornet, Christina McHale, Yen-Hsun Lu, Michal Przysiezny, Stephane Robert, Victor Hanescu, Martin Klizan, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Blaz Kavcic, Jelena Jankovic, Blaz Rola, Stefanie Voegele, Mandy Minella, Zarina Diyas, Benoit Paire, Sloane Stephens, Michael Berrer, Roberto Bautista Agut, Olga Govortsova, Olivia Rogowska, Ayumi Morita, Feliciano Lopez, Karin Knapp, Andy Murray, Magdalena Rybarikova, Gael Monfils and Maria Sharapova.

Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov. Both champs-in-waiting had to get through four sets to win their matches against Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Bradley Klahn respectively, Dimitrov becoming the first player to have dropped the first set in the heat and recovered to win.

Home hopes
Nick Kyrgios showed that the future is still bright for the home nation, firing down a tournament-leading 34 aces to beat Benjamin Becker in four sets.  And the colourful Thansi Kokkinakis came through in four sets against big-hitting Igor Sijsling.

The upset
Garbine Muguruza picked up where she left off winning Hobart, ousting 24th seed Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, and Marina Erakovic, of neighbouring New Zealand, sent home 21st seed Sorana Cirstea. Svetlana Kuznetsova also departed early, the 19th seed undone by Elina Svitolina.

Marathon matches
Gilles Simon d. Daniel Brands 6-7(4), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 16-14 in 4hrs and 32 minutes.

Andreas Seppi d. Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(4), 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5 in 4hrs and 18 minutes.

Kei Nishikori d. Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in 3hrs 41 minutes.

7 (Polona Hercog, Philipp Kohlschreiber, John Isner, Radek Stepanek, Julian Reister, Robin Haase, Bernard Tomic)


Citizenship award
Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who helped a ball boy who collapsed in the heat.

Quote of the day
"I am thinking with McEnroe for me now."

Rafael Nadal's response to the celebrity coach craze. 

Video of the day
The longest victory lap ever?

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