The fourth round encounter between No. 3 Novak Djokovic and No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt is dramatically changing due to a Djokovic ailment, as many of his matches have before.
Djokovic won the first and second sets 7-5 and 6-4, surprising many who had picked Hewitt to win the match given the Aussie’s greater comfort level on grass courts.
But early in the third set, Djokovic had a doctor called onto the court, who gave the Serb some sort of medicine for an as of yet unknown problem.
It’s unclear whether Djokovic’s problems are due to the mild heat or a possible pollen allergy, but either way he looks to be in some trouble.
Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January after wilting in the heat despite leading Jo-Wilfried Tsonga two sets to one.