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“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that bad in a match,” he said. “I didn’t feel well. I struggled physically. I was extremely tired.”
It took five sets and lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes before he overcame a valiant effort by Yen-hsun Lu of Tawian 7-6 (5), 4-6, 0-6, 6-1, 8-6.
The scorching heat on Thursday didn’t help Monfils _ it reached 106 degrees. But he didn’t blame the weather.
Monfils entered his first Grand Slam since last year’s Australian Open, and he had entered it questioning if he was fit enough because of knee injuries. The Frenchman’s ranking slumped from 13th in February 2012 to 99th in January while he battled injuries and other setbacks last year.
Three other Frenchman advanced Thursday without much difficulty. Monfils faces one of them in the third round: No. 14-seed Gilles Simon.
Also, No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Japan’s Go Soeda, 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3, and No. 9 Richard Gasquet defeated Alejandro Falla of Columbia 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
BURNING UP OUT THERE: James Duckworth said the court was so hot it felt like his feet were burning. He was sweating “bucket loads.”
On the hottest day of this year’s Australian Open at 106 degrees, the distinction of the longest match goes to Duckworth of Australia and Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic. Both struggled with cramps during the 4-hour, 52-minute match before Kavcic won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8.
“We both just were hanging on for dear life,” said Duckworth, who won a wildcard entry to the main draw and is ranked 209th.
The 94th-ranked Kavcic needed on-court treatment from a trainer during the fourth set tiebreaker for what appeared to be a cramp in his left thigh. He tweeted after the match he had a “total physical collapse after the match.”
Duckworth saved five match points in the fifth set despite leg cramps that made his hamstring and quads “lock up.”
During changeovers, he downed energy drinks and had some cola for caffeine, he ate bananas for energy and tried eating salt to ease his cramps.
After the match, he got on a bike at the gym.
“Thought I’d smash out a 10k time trial,” he joked. “No, just a light cool down.”
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