Djokovic, Serena turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

Wed Jul 1, 2015 4:42pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - With everyone "feeling hot, hot, hot" at the All England Club on Wednesday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were eager to escape the Wimbledon furnace as quickly as possible.

Spectators sitting under the searing sun on Wimbledon's Henman Hill were heard breaking out into the Buster Poindexter anthem that aptly summed up the hottest day of the year in Britain -- with the mercury hitting 93 degrees Fahrenheit.

Champion Djokovic was spared the worst of the heat on the partly covered Centre Court as he kept things simple in a 90-minute 6-4 6-2 6-3 second-round demolition job that ended the Wimbledon career of seasoned Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

His opponent in the next round, Australian Bernard Tomic, will be hoping the weather eases for their Friday showdown after complaining it was "too hot".

"I was starting to get dizzy out there with the heat hitting me... I was very dizzy out there," Tomic said after beating Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3) 6-4 7-6(5).

The blazing sun was the least of Sharapova's concerns, however.

"It's much much warmer in my hometown in Longboat Key, Florida," the Russian fourth seed said after subduing Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp 6-3 6-1.

What would have concerned her though is her misfiring serves.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to breaking serve during his match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Toby Melville