Russian prima Daniil Medvedev has again blasted the conditions that the tennis players person been subjected to, arsenic helium laboured to a three-set triumph implicit Fabio Fognini successful the 3rd circular astatine the Tokyo Olympics.
Even successful the precocious day temperatures were northbound of 30 degrees, with the humidity of the Japanese superior besides notoriously precocious successful the mid-summer.
According to Guardian newsman Tumaini Carayol, Medvedev was asked by the umpire if helium was successful a information to decorativeness the match, to which the satellite fig 2 replied: "I tin decorativeness the match, but I tin die. If I die, who volition instrumentality responsibility?"
The vigor has been an ongoing communicative since the tennis tourney began, and continues to plague the draw.
As Medvedev was struggling to a win, Spanish prima Paula Badosa retired from her quarter-final against Marketa Vondrousova aft conscionable 1 set, citing the vigor arsenic the issue.
Earlier successful the tournament, Medvedev called the upwind "some of the worst" vigor helium had ever played in.
"I'm not going to lie. But you person to play," Medvedev said.
"That's the Olympics, you spell for the medal. You are not present to outcry astir the heat."
Medvedev called for Olympics organisers to hold the commencement times of matches until the evening arsenic they bash successful different parts of the satellite to debar the worst of the heat.
"I think, similar they bash successful Mexico, the matches should possibly commencement astatine similar 6pm due to the fact that the vigor really gets overmuch lighter," Medvedev said.
"I don't deliberation they're going to alteration it successful the mediate of the tournament... and the information we person lone 1 infinitesimal betwixt changeovers is simply a joke."
Medvedev is done to the quarter-finals, wherever he'll instrumentality connected Pablo Carreño Busta aft the Spaniard accounted for German Dominik Koepfer 7-6 (9-7) 6-3.
Russian Karen Khachanov is the lone different antheral confirmed successful the quarter-finals aft helium bushed Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.
Top effect Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and section anticipation Kei Nishikori are each up contiguous successful third-round matches.
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