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Players again bracing for hot conditions

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Melbourne Park was expected to be scorching on Friday, with temperatures reaching 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) for the fifth day of the Australian Open.

While top-seeded Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios and Caroline Wozniacki were among those scheduled to play their third-round matches, tournament officials were expected to keep a close eye on the rising temperatures. When play began at 11 a.m., it was already 35 C (95 F).

On Thursday, officials were criticized when play continued after the temperature reached 40 C (104 F), and several players, including Gael Monfils, complained it should have been stopped.

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Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 10,600
2 R. Federer 9,605
3 G. Dimitrov 4,990
4 A. Zverev 4,610
5 D. Thiem 4,060
6 M. Cilic 3,805
7 D. Goffin 3,775
8 S. Wawrinka 3,060
9 J. Sock 2,960
10 J. Del Potro 2,725
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1 S. Halep 6,425
2 C. Wozniacki 6,095
3 G. Muguruza 6,050
4 E. Svitolina 5,785
5 V. Williams 5,568
6 K. Pliskova 5,445
7 J. Ostapenko 4,901
8 C. Garcia 4,385
9 C. Vandeweghe 3,204
10 J. Konta 3,185
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