Defending champion Roger Federer defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in straight sets to book his place in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. AFterwards, he suggested other players shuold stop complaining about the heat.
As reported by the Daily Telegraph, after her victory, Halep, who has never gone beyond the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, said: "I felt the ball pretty well, it's always tough to play her as she hits the ball tough and plays close to the baseline".
"I think because we maybe have a margin against a lot of the players normally, when we do come back, we can maybe find that level", Federer said.
"Possibly [I have more leverage] but it is not my call it is their call". The other guys get postponed till the next day?
"You know, she's an opponent that tests my patience, and I'm willing to be there and out there for as long as it takes".
Djokovic said tournament organisers should consider waiting until temperatures dropped before sending players out on court.
Among those in trouble was Gael Monfils, with fears for his health in his mid-afternoon match against Djokovic.
"Everyone says hydrate. I don't".
Roger Federer: Cool as you like.
"I wouldn't have minded playing in the day because I like to think I thrive in those conditions".
"The conditions were brutal, that's for sure", Djokovic told a media conference. Ashleigh Barty has taken the second set and is into a decider. "It was a big challenge for both of us to be able to finish the match".
"There's not the same increases any more so the players must rally and get together again and put in the effort and the tournaments know that and will only react when we do so so we're ready to do it".
Tournament director Craig Tiley said the Australian Open was one of the only events in the world to actually have a heat policy.
'I have kind of done all the movies I want to do. Of course we're all blessed to have great financial compensation, great lives. I had a very tight tape. "(But) at the same time what is most important for us is our health and what happens after our career, after you're 30, 35. They can't physically walk, run, jog, whatever. They're struggling some way or another, health-wise or physiologically.
Federer already has five Australian Open crowns to his name, and he looks in fine fettle as he goes in search of a sixth - which would see him equal Djokovic's record in Melbourne. Mentally and physically we're going to be there. "When it's too much, (it) becomes risky for the health", he said.