MELBOURNE, Australia – A look at the fourth day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Thursday:
WEATHER: High of 109 Fahrenheit. The Extreme Heat Policy was enforced in the mid-afternoon, with matches suspended on outer courts and roofs closed on the two main arenas.
ATTENDANCE: Day session: 33,419.
SEEDED WINNERS: Men: No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 6 Roger Federer, No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 16 Kei Nishikori.
Women: No. 3 Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 11 Simona Halep, No. 16 Carla Suarez Navarro,
No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 25 Alize Cornet, No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
SEEDED LOSERS: Men: No. 24 Andreas Seppi.
STAT OF THE DAY: 63: number of consecutive matches played by Roger Federer at Rod Laver Arena until his Thursday match at the secondary Hisense Arena.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was an oven ... it was burning” – Cornet on the heat.
PLAYING FRIDAY: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Daniel Hantuchova, No. 4 Li Na vs. Lucie Safarova, No. 14 Ana Ivanovic vs. No. 17 Sam Stosur; No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. Denis Istomin, No. 3 David Ferrer vs. No. 29 Jeremy Chardy, No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka vs. No. 28 Vasek Pospisil.
FORECAST FRIDAY: Expected maximum of 111 F, but a late change is expected to make things cooler for the weekend.