But she finally got over the line 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 in a gruelling match on Rod Laver Arena to make the fourth round in a contest that took its toll.
After he claimed his 11th round of 16 appearance at the Australian Open, Djokovic said: "Obviously for me it's taking it one match at a time but I have to be more humble with my expectations as I haven't played in the last six months". "I prefer to watch on TV".
A Federer break in the second game of the third set was cancelled out in the seventh when Gasquet grabbed his first break points, but once again the Swiss pounced to take the match by the scruff of the neck at the key moment.
Gasquet had some misfortune with Hawkeye in the second set, having what looked like a decent challenge turned down because the system was not working before going down 2-0 when the rebooted technology showed he had gone long on set point.
'I finished the match. "I really do believe that I can otherwise I wouldn't be here", said the five-time Grand Slam champion after losing 1-6, 6-3 in 64 minutes.
"I was a bit scared", Federer joked. "Maybe they have to do small adjustment".
At 69 degrees players risk suffering heatstroke, exhaustion or other medical conditions.
"Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging", tournament director Craig Tiley said in the statement, adding that all policies are reexamined on a regular basis. "I understand there is a factor of tickets".
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But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a "danger in terms of health".
There were no retirements due to the heat on Day 4, however, and some players were even unfazed by the conditions. "I was thinking, 'Ah, I'm from Asia".
Roger Federer, who requested to play at night to avoid the blistering heat on Thursday, said he believed the officials were doing the best they could under the circumstances.
Muguruza did have to stop at one point to wrap her feet to prevent blistering from the hot court. "I'm happy I dodged some questions there".
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As for recovery, almost every player mentioned taking an ice bath, but Hsieh had a different approach. Sometimes that's all it takes, ' said Sharapova, slightly skimming over such a comprehensive outcome. And also do the massage.
The high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted. But you know when you come down here that can happen.
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