Zheng Jie receives treatment after the on-court heat caused breathing problems

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Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic extends winning streaks with victory against Denis Istomin

The Serbian has not lost since the US Open final

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reacts after victory in her women's singles match against Australia's Samantha Stosur on day five of the 2014 Australian Open

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Dubbed 'Deliciano' by Judy Murray, Lopez is hoping that his new approach to 2014 will lead to a victory when he takes on her son for a place in the fourth round

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Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Dizziness, cramp and fatigue as heat stops play at last - with Jamie Murray among the worst affected

The hottest day of the Australian Open so far finally saw play suspended but only after a succession of players suffered in the 43C heat. One of the worst affected was Jamie Murray, who experienced painful body cramps for several hours after winning his doubles match.

The courts at the Australian Open are so hot that you can boil an egg on the surface.

Australian Open 2014: Eggs frying on court, spectacular thunder storms and extreme heat - just another day in Melbourne

Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions

Maria Sharapova has called for clarity over the extreme heat ruling that saw play at the Australian Open suspended

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova calls for clarity over extreme heat policy after she questions where the limit is for struggling players

The Russian was expressing her concern after she battled through a gruelling three-and-a-half hour match with Karin Knapp

Roger Federer came through his first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years by defeating Blaz Kavcic at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer defeats Blaz Kavcic in first match away from the Rod Laver Arena in 10 years

Federer progressed to the third round with a 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win over Kavcic on the Hisense Arena court

Rafael Nadal celebrates his second round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal continues his Aussie demolition as he sees off home teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory

Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open: Jamie Murray suffers heatstroke after doubles victory with partner John Peers over Matt Reid and Luke Saville

Murray required medical treatment shortly after the win as temperatures continue to soar beyond the 40C mark

Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Karin Knapp in the Australian Open second round

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles through three-and-a-half hour epic to beat Karin Knapp in second round

Temperatures reached 42.4C during the draining match which Sharapova eventually came through 6-3 4-6 10-8

Rafael Nadal tries to cool himself down while on court at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Play on day four halted due to extreme heat policy finally being implemented after mass criticism

Andy Murray was one of many to express his concern over the soaring temperatures in Melbourne that led to play being suspended

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