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Reflections: Australian Open Day 2

Dancevic

Photo of the day: Poor Frank Dancevic had a rough loss against Benoit Paire, seeming to collapse from the heat at one point. But he got up and powered through, and even managed to give the photographers some funny faces with his ice bags while trying to stay cool.

Match of the day: [18] Gilles Simon saved seven match points to def Daniel Brands 6-7, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 16-14. The Frenchman, who injured his ankle at Kooyong just a few days ago, said after, “You know, I just have a call to make. I say, Okay, it’s not easy that everybody saw me with the crutches. If I just go and I’m ridiculous, I guess no one’s going to talk good about me.” Luckily for him, he was far from ridiculous.

Seed upsets: Elina Svitolina def [19] Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3; Garbine Muguruza def [24] Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

Matches that went the distance: [24] Andreas Seppi def Lleyton Hewitt 7-6, 3-6, 5-7, 5-7, 7-5; [18] Kei Nishikori def Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Marin Cilic def Marcel Granollers 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; Vincent Millot def Wayne Odesnik 7-5, 4-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Bagels: 7

Retirements: Bernard Tomic (to Rafael Nadal), Polona Hercog (to Alize Cornet), John Isner (to Martin Klizan), Radek Stepanek (to Blaz Kavcic), Robin Haase (to Donald Young), Julian Reister (to Thomaz Bellucci).

Sportsmanship of the day: It’s not every day you see a ball boy collapse from the heat at a tournament and then one of the players help him out. With all the heat the players were dealing with, no one would have thought twice if Daniel Gimeno-Traver went to his seat to grab water and put on an ice vest. But instead, he helped the ball boy. That’s just amazing.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver

How hot was it?: Temperatures reached just north of 107 degrees fahrenheit. Caroline Wozniacki said “I put the bottle down on the court and it started melting a little bit underneath, the plastic, so you knew it was warm.” Victoria Azarenka said “It felt pretty hot, like you’re dancing in a frying pan or something like that.” And Roger Federer’s advice? “Just deal with it, because it’s the same for both. That’s basically it.”

Fashion fave of the day: Dominika Cibulkova in Lacoste.

Cibulkova

First Fedberg: Stefan Edberg was present for his first day at work as Roger Federer’s coach.

Edberg

Tweet of the day: Losing is frustrating.

Open Drive with Rafael Nadal:

(Photos: Reuters, Getty Images; Video: Australian Open)

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  1. Goran says:

    Kohli couldn’t play too :(