Kerber sets up Sharapova clash of the champions

Reigning champ Federer fires past Gasquet

"Its definitely a challenge".

"I feel really happy but I'm also kind of sorry because I know you guys wanted her to win", the exultant 20-year-old said after the match.

"I've said before that numerous players train hard for these conditions and expect to be able to play", said Tiley.

"The policy is from consultation with the players", Tiley said.

Temperatures are expected to rise on Friday, before cooling off considerably over the weekend, when Federer and Djokovic's half of the draw is back for the third round.

While Novak Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils on Thursday, the on-court temperature was 104 degrees Farenheit, according to ESPN's Jerry Bembry.

Dominic Thiem has yet to go past the fourth round at the Australian Open.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was among the five seeded women to lose on Day 4. Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka returned from injuries that had sidelined them since Wimbledon, top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from 5-2 down in her first set and a tumble in the second, and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber continued her incredible return to form.

Angelique Kerber crushed Maria Sharapova in straight sets in a battle of former champions, while veteran Tomas Berdych reached the round of 16 for the 10th time with a straight-sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro at the Australian Open on Saturday.

Make that an exhausted deep breath, because the Romanian must now contest the rest of the Open with the physical baggage of an epic two-hour, 22-minute deciding set against American Lauren Davis.

He had won the first and third set but when he found himself struggling in the fourth, Zverev turned on the umpire to vent his frustrations.

Kerber will next be up against either of Hsieh Su-wei of Agnieszka Radwanska.

For top-ranked Halep, already playing with an injured left ankle, the 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory on Saturday was a testament to her renewed self-belief. "But it was good because I relaxed my arm and I served pretty well those three balls". Clearly, the 2014 champion was too ambitious.

The heat peaked during Djokovic's 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils.

I deal with it. While India cricket captain Virat Kohli lost his cool when he was merely asked if he had played his "best XI" after the Test series defeat in South Africa, Federer maintained his humour and composure.

The win was a relief for Djokovic, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.

"It was obvious we both suffered on the court", Djokovic said.

"I had a really tough off-season and I was working hard to be here and playing against the best players".

The German endured a nightmare 2017 after winning the Australian Open and US Open titles in 2016 and climbing to world number one but is unbeaten so far this year after winning the warm-up event in Sydney.

At time both players could be seen slumped over between points, attempting to summon enough energy to continue as the ambient temperature peaked at 40C.

The 21-year-old is on a high after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals last year and reaching his first ever Grand Slam fourth round. "I understand there is a factor of tickets".

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