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Heat Knocks Croat Out of Aussie Open: ‘I Thought I was Going to Die’

dodigAlthough he had a two sets to one lead, Croatian Ivan Dodig was forced to retire from his second round match at the Australian Open on Wednesday…

Dodig was up 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 1-4 against Bosnia’s Damir Džumhur, but the extreme heat that Melbourne has been experiencing this week took its toll on Dodig as he retired from the match after 2 hours and 22 minutes.

“10 people attended to me, I thought I was going to die, I could not walk for one hour after the match. Our voice needs to be heard, and breaks of a few hours need to made,” said Dodig after the match, which was played in temperatures of around 40 degrees.

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