8/12/10 6:06 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic has once again had problems with the heat, through the Serb second seed escaped in his opening match at the Toronto Masters.
Djokovic has a history of occasional physical fragility, including a fourth-set pullout against Andy Roddick at the Australian Open, 2009. He said the heat in Toronto was for him, a killer.
"Anybody who doesn't play at a professional level will not understand quite what's going on, but it's definitely not easy on the days where you have over 30 Celsius and court adds up another 10 degrees, or 15," said Djokovic.
"I've experienced this in last couple of years; in Australia it was terrible against Roddick when I retired the match. But I will never ever risk my health just to win.
"Today I was really on the edge, but health is the most important thing for me. Then come tennis and success."
Djokovic said it was bad enough in the Canadian summer sun. "At a certain moment you might collapse. But after half an hour, hour, with the proper recovery, you will get back to the normal feeling. It's just something that you cannot fight against.
"Nobody can turn off the sun and just do me a favor, even though I would like it."
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