Gael Monfils said he was “dying on the court” and Novak Djokovic felt conditions were “right on the limit” of safety as the temperature soared at the Australian Open.

Djokovic won their second-round match 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 in two hours and 45 minutes as the temperature hit 39C.

Monfils took the first set but suffered in the second, complaining of dizziness and leaving the court with a doctor.

“For sure we took a risk,” the 31-year-old Frenchman said, according to a report by BBC Sports.

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