Australian Open 2018: Britain's Dominic Inglot progresses in men's doubles

Dominic Inglot
Dominic Inglot has twice reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in the doubles
2018 Australian Open
Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park
Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online.

Britain's Dominic Inglot and partner Marcus Daniell reached the second round of the men's doubles at the Australian Open with victory over Neal Skupski and Adil Shamasdin.

Inglot, 31, and New Zealander Daniell won 6-4 2-6 6-3 against fellow Briton Skupski and Canadian Shamasdin.

Britain's Heather Watson and French partner Alize Cornet lost in the first round of the women's doubles.

Poland's Alicja Rosolska and American Abigail Spears won 6-2 5-7 6-4.

With the temperature approaching 40C, Inglot admitted it was a tough contest.

"It's really difficult. The last couple of days haven't been that hot but then it's shot up to 40 degrees. There's no way of preparing for that. Unless you've played in Sydney or Brisbane, you're coming in from mid 20s to 40s," he told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

"My hand goes down on the floor to brace myself to stand up when the serve is hit and I can't put my hand down because the court is burning my hand. It's literally burning my hand. Just when I think my partner's about to serve, that's when I push up.

"I was lucky I was on the outside court today as it was windy and that breeze really helps. It's not as humid as in previous years or if you're playing in America.

"But if you're playing in that stadium, without that wind, then it's stifling. It soaks up that heat even more."

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