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MELBOURNE---A look at the second
day of the Australian Open tennis
WEATHER: Very hot and windy, high
of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).
ATTENDANCE: Day session: 35,571;
Night session: 18.056. TOTAL: 53,627.
SEEDED WINNERS: Men: No 1
Rafael Nadal, No 4 Andy Murray, No 5
Juan Martin del Potro. No 6 Roger
Federer, No 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No
11 Milos Raonic, No 16 Kei Nishikori,
No 18 Gilles Simon, No 22 Grigor
Dimitrov, No 24 Andreas Seppi, No 26
Feliciano Lopez, No 27 Benoit Paire,
No 31 Fernando Verdasco.
Women: No 2 Victoria Azarenka, No
3 Maria Sharapova, No 5 Agnieszka
Radwanska, No 8 Jelena Jankovic, No
10 Caroline Wozniacki, No 11 Simona
Halep, No 13 Sloane Stephens, No 16
Carla Suarez Navarro, No 20
Dominika Cibulkova, No 25 Alize
Cornet, No 29 Anastasia
SEEDED LOSERS: Men: No 13 John
Isner (retired injured). Women: No 21
Sorana Cirstea, No 24 Kaia Kanepi.
STAT OF THE DAY: 57, record
number of consecutive Grand Slam
tournaments played by Roger
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think it's
definitely hazardous to be out there.
It's dangerous." Canadian qualifier
Frank Dancevic, who blacked out
during his first-round loss to Paire on
Court 6 due to the heat.
PLAYING TODAY: No 2 Novak
Djokovic vs Leonardo Mayer, No 8
Stanislas Wawrinka vs Alejandro
Falla. Women: No 1 Serena Williams
vs Vesna Dolonc, No 4 Li Na vs
Belinda Bencic, No 14 Ana Ivanovic vs
Annika Beck. (AP)
AUSTRALIAN OPEN GLANCE
MELBOURNE---After a day of
searingly-hot temperatures which
raised complaints from players,
top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced
to the second round of the Aus-
tralian Open in relatively mild
Nadal s Australian opponent
Bernard Tomic, bothered from the
start by a left leg injury, retired
from the match after losing the first
set 6-4. Some in the capacity crowd
of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena booed
lustily when Tomic indicated he
could not continue.
Roger Federer, Andy Murray and
defending champion Victoria
Azarenka advanced earlier yesterday
amid temperatures that topped 42
Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).
Third-seeded Maria Sharapova
joined them when she beat Amer-
ican Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3,
6-4 in the last match of the night.
Mattek-Sands double-faulted on
break point in the ninth game of
the second set, and Sharapova
Tomic called a medical timeout
after three games, and twice more
before he quit.
"Unfortunately, it s unlucky how
it happened. I went for one ball
and felt pain in my left leg," Tomic
said of the training injury.
Nadal said he felt for his oppo-
"I know how tough is this sit-
uation, I had the same a few years
ago at this tournament," Nadal said.
"Since the beginning, I saw a little
bit he had some problems on the
Federer started his record 57th
consecutive Grand Slam tourna-
ment with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win
over Australian wild-card entry
James Duckworth on a day when
the heat forced at least one player
to black out during his match.
Azarenka played the opening
match on the center court, and said
it felt "like you re dancing in a fry-
ing pan." She had a 7-6 (2), 6-2
win over No 91-ranked Johanna
Larsson of Sweden.
Wimbledon champion Murray,
on the comeback from minor back
surgery in September, had a 6-1,
6-1, 6-3 win over Go Soeda of
Japan and No 5 Juan Martin del
Potro rallied for a 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-
4, 6-4 win over U.S. qualifier Rhyne
Former No 1-ranked Lleyton
Hewitt lost in five sets to No 24-
seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy only
a week after beating Federer in the
Brisbane International final.
A hot, gusty breeze swirled across
Melbourne Park all day, making
conditions more challenging instead
of cooler. The crowd for the day
session was 35,571, almost 12,000
down on day one.
Players draped bags of ice over
their necks and shoulders and sat
under covered seats in the
changeovers. They retreated into
the shade at the back of the courts
Canadian qualifier Frank Dance-
vic said he blacked out during a 7-
6 (12), 6-4, 6-3 loss to No 27 Benoit
Paire of France. Dancevic had treat-
ment in the second set but con-
"I think it s definitely hazardous
to be out there," Dancevic said. "It s
Murray agreed the conditions
bordered on being dangerous.
"It s easy to say that the condi-
tions are safe ... but it only takes
one bad thing to happen and it
looks terrible for the sport when
people are collapsing," Murray said.
"Whether it s safe or not I don t
know, but you ve got to be very
Tournament referee Wayne McK-
ewen defended a decision not to
invoke measures which would have
seen outdoor matches suspended
and the roofs on two arenas closed.
"While conditions were hot and
uncomfortable, the relatively low
level of humidity ensured that con-
ditions never deteriorated to a point
where it was necessary to invoke
the Extreme Heat Policy, " McK-
No 13 John Isner, the only seeded
American man in the draw, retired
with an injured right ankle after
losing the first two sets against
Martin Klizan. Czech veteran Radek
Stepanek retired with a sore neck
in the fourth set against Blaz Kavcic,
but said it wasn t heat-related.
No 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the
2008 Australian finalist, advanced
with No 11 Milos Raonic, No 16 Kei
Nishikori, No 22 Grigor Dimitrov
and No 31 Fernando Verdasco.
In the longest match of the day,
No 18 Gilles Simon of France beat
Daniel Brands of Germany 6-7 (4),
6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 16-14 in four hours,
32 minutes. Simon came into the
tournament with an ankle injury
sustained in a warmup tournament.
American Sloane Stephens, who
beat Serena Williams in the quar-
terfinals here last year, defeated
Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (1), 6-3
and 2004 US Open champion Svet-
lana Kuznetsova and 19th seed was
beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Elina Svitolina
No 5 Agnieszka Radwanzka, No
8 Jelena Jankovic and No 10 Car-
oline Wozniacki advanced.
Nadal joins Federer
in second round MELBOURNE---One player fainted
mid-match as temperatures topped
42C (108F) at the Australian Open
yesterday. Others said it felt like they
were playing tennis in a sauna, or on
a frying pan that sizzled their soles.
The scorching heat on Day 2 thinned
crowds at Melbourne Park and prompt-
ed players to cool off between points
with bags of ice on their heads or draped
over their necks. Little relief was expect-
ed this week, with similar heat forecast
Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic
said he started feeling dizzy in the first
set of his match against Benoit Paire
and then collapsed in the next set.
"I couldn t keep my balance anymore
and I leaned over the fence, and when
I woke up people were all around me,"
he said. After receiving medical atten-
tion, he returned to the match and lost
in straight sets.
"It s hazardous to be out there. It s
dangerous," Dancevic said, criticising
the tournament for not having sus-
pended play. "Until somebody dies,
they re just going to keep playing
matches in this heat."
The tournament has not yet invoked
its "Extreme Heat Policy," saying the
decision is based on a quotient of air
temperature, humidity and wind speed.
Officials have played down health
risks, saying the majority of matches
were completed without calls for med-
"Of course there were a few players
who experienced heat-related illness
or discomfort, but none required sig-
nificant medical intervention after they
had completed their match," Tim Wood,
the tournament s chief medical officer,
said in a statement.
A ball girl was treated for heat stress
during a morning match, and the tour-
nament shortened rotations for the ball
kids to 45-minute shifts.
Players used metaphors and anec-
dotes to describe how hot it was. "I
put the (water) bottle down on the
court and it started melting a little bit
underneath---the plastic. So you know
it was warm," former No 1-ranked Car-
oline Wozniacki said. "It felt like I was
playing in a sauna." (AP)
...Heat wave hits
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to James Duckworth of Australia during their first round match at the
Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. Federer won 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. AP PHOTO
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