Australian Open: Novak Djokovic outlasts Gael Monfils in brutal Melbourne heat

22 January, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Nora May
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The big match Saturday had the only two women's major champions left in the tournament playing each other - 2008 Australian victor Maria Sharapova vs. 2016 Melbourne Park champion Angelique Kerber.

"They could definitely pay more, no doubt about it", he said. He was like, "Great match". "I think I have a small heat stroke for 40 minutes", Monfils said.

"It was really hard to play", del Potro said of the heat. I'm kind of forced to be very cautious of what happens day-to-day.

Kyrgios is becoming more and more open when talking to the press or in public and it appears he is slowly turning some of his critics into fans.

"Especially in these conditions, the physical fitness is the most important", Thiem said after his second career 0-2 comeback.

Kyrgios assured on Friday that he is not one of those people.

"I thought, it is going to be a big challenge for both of us". They all have different personalities.

Here are highlights from day five Down Under...

"It was a straight-set win but nearly two-and a-half-hours". Andreas Seppi will be standing in his way on Sunday.

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Novak Djokovic admitted he "suffered" during his Australian Open win over Gael Monfils on Thursday, while confessing his elbow is still 'not at 100%'. The two players combined for 105 unforced errors and 26 double faults.

The 12-time major victor began to also feel the heat during the fourth set, appearing to complain to his players' box with coaches Andre Agassi and Radep Stepanek watching on.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem had a much easier afternoon after his recovery from two sets down to beat Denis Kudla in round two, seeing off France's Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-2 7-5. The 32nd-seeded Kontaveit survived 32 winners off the Ostapenko racquet and is into the last 16 at a major for just the second time and first since the 2015 US Open.

"The conditions were brutal", said the Serbian.

Kyrgios started laughing in embarrassment because Smith was actually in the stands watching.

"I think there are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours until (the temperature) comes down". Smith responded with a laugh and thumbs up from the stands. "At times I mind that". "Best movie ever - but it's because of Margot Robbie, by the way", Kyrgios joked with Smith on court. Monfils wilted in the third set. "I had pain everywhere but I'm still standing up", he said afterwards. "It was pretty cringe, but it broke the ice". That's it. I lost it and I drive a little bit insane. "It's very tough. Also, if you are physically fit, you stay mentally fresher, for sure". It's not fair. But, yeah, that's it. "So I think I've done that". Everybody was, okay, it's your birthday. "Honestly, good luck for the guys". "I was, like, No, actually, never been".

Sharapova was banned for after testing positive for the drug meldonium here in 2016, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished past year ranked No. 60. "To go one more further". It's still that motion that I'm kind of getting used to.

- Marta Kostyuk following her 6-2, 6-2 loss to Elina Svitolina.


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