Australian Open: I thought I was going to die in the heat, says Ivan Dodig

Croatia's Ivan Dodig became the tournament's 10th withdrawal or retirement, after a Grand Slam record-equalling nine players pulled out during the first round, as temperatures continued to soar above 40 Celsius for the second straight day.

updated: January 16, 2014 16:42 IST
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Melbourne: Ivan Dodig feared he might die and Serena Williams said the high temperatures were making her 'paranoid' on Wednesday as sweltering conditions continued at the Australian Open.

With temperatures above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the second straight day, Dodig became the latest casualty when he retired with severe cramp after four sets against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

"I was thinking I could maybe even die here," said Dodig, calling for an afternoon break in play. "It's not acceptable to play in these conditions," he added, according to reports. (It's Australian Oven as temperatures soar)

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