US showing in Australia just 'a bad day — COMMENTARY

Back where he belongs, Novak Djokovic turns up the heat
Djokovic Masters Monfils In Australian Open Heat; Big Men Del Potro, Berdych, Zverev Advance

19 Enero, 2018

Monfils suspected that he suffered a heat stroke in his outing against Novak Djokovic Thursday, when the thermometer - according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology - peaked at 39.9 degrees Celsius in Melbourne. That ought to be enough to make Keys and her team sit up and pay attention, especially because Keys hasn't won a match since she lost that Flushing Meadows final to Stephens.

Both players walked almost all the way to their chairs despite the chair umpire calling the ball out, with Monfils even challenging despite knowing full-well it was out.

"I think I had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes".

At one stage in the second set, Monfils and Djokovic were so eager to get off court for a break, they were happy for a Djokovic fault to be called an ace.

"We obviously need to build in an upper body aspect to it as well", he said.

"I was thinking a lot about what happened at the tournament last year because it was my favourite tournament of the whole was such a surprise", Federer said.

Kvitova missed the Australian Open a year ago.

He has had his own issues with the heat, memorably at the 2009 Australian Open against Andy Roddick and 2014 US Open against Kei Nishikori.

However, Monfils closed out the first set before beginning to battle in the heat, struggling to continue with his usual serving motion in the sixth game of the second set. "It had to come eventually, this injury has been with me for a while, it escalated last year and I had to take some time off".

It was sweet revenge for the Russian after the Latvian number 14 seed knocked her out of last year's US Open. I was just hanging in there to keep every chance to progress.

No. 13 Sam Querrey is already the best remaining hope on the U.S. side.

Be sure to join The Roar for live scores of this second round match at the Australian Open from around 2:30pm (AEDT) and don't forget to add a comment below. I want to be playing against opponents that are former grand slam champions. "There is always an issue here in Australia".

"I'm still not 100 percent, but building".

After Djokovic levelled the match it looked as though Monfils might throw in the towel during a one-sided third set but the 31-year-old offered some late resistance in the fourth. I know that I have to play my best tennis again. And if that's right at [7.8] to win his seventh title he looks rather good value.

"I know what to do on court".

The ageless Swiss marvel, rated as the favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, thrilled the Rod Laver Arena crowd with a virtuoso performance. He later pulled clear by winning the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

"I was a bit scared", Federer joked.

"When you add up court position and ball velocity, it stacks up a little in Federer's favour".

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem would have been expected to brush aside qualifier Denis Kudla at Margaret Court Arena, but the Austrian found himself two sets down to the American after two hours on court.

"She's super talented. Serves and volleys, so I had to stay very concentrated".

The second seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win in 1hr 39min and will next play German Jan-Lennard Struff.

Sharapova won 6-1, 7-6 to set up an enticing clash with 2016 champion and former world number one Angelique Kerber, who beat Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1. Prior to play at Melbourne Park, Sharapova reached the semifinals at the Shenzhen Open.

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