It looked like it would be smooth sailing for Ivan Dodig as he took a two set lead over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, but quickly the heat things changed everything for Dodig. After experiencing cramps and a possible injury to his right thigh, Dodig began to literally give points to Dzumhur and ultimately he withdrew with the score at 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-1. Dodig raised serious questions of the tournament organizers after the match, as he said “Today, 30 minutes after the match I could not walk. There was 10 people around me. I was thinking I could maybe even die here. For this to come from a player like Dodig, who is known as being one of the tougher players on the tour, is surprising. His sentiments on the weather were shared by Andy Murray:
Andy Murray is concerned that “something bad could happen to one of the players” if matches aren’t suspended at #AusOpen due to extreme heat
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 14, 2014
Ultimately, its a disappointing early exit from Dodig, who will look to crack the top 20 this year.
Day 4 Preview
Day four sees two Croats finally featuring on TV courts! Ajla Tomljanovic goes up against #13, American Sloane Stephens in the 2nd match on Margaret Court Arena (about 8:30 PM ET) and Marin Cilic will play #18 Gilles Simon in the third match on Show Court 2 (about 9:20 ET). Tomljanovic will play again later on in the evening in her first round doubles match, as will Petra Martic.