Australian Open: Dan Evans defies extreme heat to book place in second round

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British No2 Dan Evans booked his place in the second round of the Australian Open despite play being suspended mid-match because of extreme heat in Melbourne.

Matches on the outdoor courts were suspended for three hours as temperatures reached 35 degrees at Melbourne Park.

At the time of the suspension, Evans was leading by two sets to one against Facundo Bagnis.

When the players returned to court, Evans won the fourth set and the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Evans needed to use an ice pack on his head to keep himself cool in any break in the match. He now has a much-needed day off before facing Jeremy Chardy in the second round.

Australian Open 2023 - In pictures

Andy Murray (AP)
Andy Murray (AP)
Emma Raducanu (AFP via Getty Images)
Emma Raducanu (AFP via Getty Images)
Cameron Norrie (REUTERS)
Cameron Norrie (REUTERS)
Iga Swiatek (AP)
Iga Swiatek (AP)
Rafael Nadal with Jack Draper (AFP via Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal with Jack Draper (AFP via Getty Images)
Sunset of the Rod Laver Arena (AFP via Getty Images)
Sunset of the Rod Laver Arena (AFP via Getty Images)
Fans cheer during the match between John Millman of Australia and Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland (Getty Images)
Fans cheer during the match between John Millman of Australia and Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland (Getty Images)
A ball boy attempts to catch moths during the first round match between Marcos Giron of the U.S. and Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australi (AP)
A ball boy attempts to catch moths during the first round match between Marcos Giron of the U.S. and Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australi (AP)
Maria Sakkari (AP)
Maria Sakkari (AP)
Daniel Evans (Getty Images)
Daniel Evans (Getty Images)
Coco Gauff (Getty Images)
Coco Gauff (Getty Images)

The 32-year-old is the second British man into round two following Cameron Norrie’s success in his match on day one.

Norrie faces France’s Constant Lestienne on Wednesday for a place in round three.