Novak Djokovic of Serbia towels off in the heat against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary during their Day 2 2018 US Open Men's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2018. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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Djokovic sat down and removed his shirt."Survival mode," Djokovic called it.With the temperature topping 95 degrees (33 Celsius) and the humidity approaching 50 percent -- and that combination making it feel more like 105 (40 C) -- nearly everything became a struggle for every player across the grounds on Day 2 of the U.S. Open, so much so that no fewer than six quit their matches, with five citing cramps or heat exhaustion.About 2 hours into the day's schedule, the U.S. Tennis Association decided to do something it never had at this tournament: offer men the chance to take a 10-minute break before the fourth set if a match went that far. Should the men play best-of-three-set matches at majors, instead of best-of-five? Should the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut here, be shut off to let players have more time to recover between points?"Brutal," said 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who advanced when his opponent retired in the third set.Federer was among those lucky enough to play a night match Tuesday, beating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 .Djokovic was appreciative of the chance for a chance to recover a bit after the third set.
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