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  • Denis Istomin — Getty ImagesIt is never a good thing when you see the name "Novak Djokovic" lined up next to yours in a Grand Slam, especially if that Grand Slam is the Australian Open.

    Djokovic has won this even the last three years and he extended his match winning streak in Melbourne to 24, meaning he might be the hottest thing at the Australian Open besides the weather.

    The win was a good one for the No. 2 ranked player in the field, but his opponent, Denis Istomin, hit some fabulous winners during the fifth game of the third set to get the night crowd going and add a little spice to his straight set loss.

    The first shot came up 15-0 on his own serve, with Istomin running down what looked like a winner from Djokovic and smashing a nice cross-court forehand for the crowd pleasing point.

    The game winner was even better, with Istomin hitting one of those "how is this angle even possible" backhands that ended with an ovation from the crowd and the 27-year-old stretching his arms out to embrace the support inside

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  • Nick Kyrgios — Getty ImagesYou know what's fun? Hitting the best shot of the match to save a set. You know what makes that even better? When you're doing it in front of your fellow countrymen like Nick Kyrgios did during his second round match at the Australian Open.

    Kyrgios, the 18-year-old from Melbourne, was facing a second set break point against Benoit Paire after taking the first set off the Frenchman and as he came to net it was a solid passing shot from Paire that looked like it would drop for the break and the set.

    Kyrgios stuck his racquet out, picked the ball perfectly and the crowd erupted in Margaret Court Arena.

    The good news for Kyrgios is that save ended up winning him the second set in a tiebreaker, but the bad news is that the Aussie eventually lost in five sets to Paire.

    No matter, this ball from Kyrgios is up for shot of the tournament so far in Melbourne.

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  • TwitterYou know how hot it is at the Australian Open? A photographer pulled out a pan and a couple of eggs and attempted to fry them on the boiling court on Thursday.

    Lucky for us, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was in a spirited mood after his second round win over Thomaz Bellucci and snapped this picture of the photographer attempting to make some breakfast inside the Hisense Arena.

    The roof was actually closed at Hisense because of the ridiculous heat in Melbourne, but that didn't stop this guy from showing us exactly how hot it is on court for some of these players.

    Friday looks like the last day temperatures will reach triple digits, with a serious cold front blowing through Melbourne after that to help cool off the courts and help the players survive these nasty conditions.

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  • Jerzy Janowicz — Getty ImagesRemember the thumbs up salute that players did after winning tough tennis matches at big events? Yeah, that was so 2013.

    Jerzy Janowicz sees your thumbs up and takes it to a whole other level, as we saw after his second round win over Pablo Andujar on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Janowicz, the No. 20 ranked player at the first Grand Slam of 2014, struggled a bit with a foot injury during his match, but he held on to win 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

    That was when the fun began, as Janowicz ran over to a small group of Polish tennis fans and ripped off his shirt a la Hulk Hogan, giving the ripped up (And I'm sure sweaty) polo to the fans and a few meaty high fives that I'm sure left a hand or two a bit red.

    Still, the celebration tops any that we've seen this week in Melbourne and it pushes Janowicz to the third round where he will face Florian Mayer of Germany with hopefully a new shirt to tear apart.

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  • Grand Slam tennis is one of the most grueling things an athlete can go through. It is two weeks of high octane tennis, and you're alone on that island forced to run down shot after shot for hours on end. Add a little heat to those already brutal conditions and the game is almost impossible, and that is what players are going through right now at the Australian Open.

    Court temperatures have been in the 100s already in Melbourne, forcing a lot of fans and players alike to take up creative ways to deal with the heat.

    Some have tried to adjust to the heat, taking down a lot more liquid during their match, while others, like Roger Federer, are just dealing with it.

    “Depending on where you come from it has a bigger effect on you, this type of heat, than maybe humid heat,” Federer said after his opening round win on Tuesday. “So it’s very personal, and it can become just a very mental thing and you just can’t accept that it’s hot. Just deal with it, because it’s the same for both.”

    The heat

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