Cool-headed veterans know how to take care of business under tough conditions and that's exactly what the 30-year-old Florian Mayer did in his 7-5, 6-2, 62 victory over Polish up-and-comer Jerzy Janowicz in the third round.
The German was well aware Janowicz had recently returned from injury and had played two long matches coming into the contest, so he started steady and patient and only went for his shots when he had big openings.
After a competitive first set, Janowicz called for the trainer and was all but done, as he was too tired to go hard for balls out wide and he was schooled the rest of the way.
He did manage to rip 38 winners to 34 from Mayer, but committed a whopping 44 unforced errors to only seven from Mayer, which indicates excellent and clean play from the German.
Janowicz broke his foot during the off season and only returned to play last week in Sydney, where he looked unsure of himself and was blown out by Alex Dolgopolov.
He had little in the tank to fight Mayer after a long five-set win over Aussie Jordan Thompson and strenuous four-set win over Pablo Andujar in Melbourne.
“Whatever he would do today and whatever I would do today doesn't matter,” Janowicz said. “I had no power to stay on the court. I felt like I'm gonna collapse soon. The biggest problem was I was unprepared. Doesn't matter whether it was tactic; doesn't matter if he was smart or I was stupid.”
While the 20th-seeded Pole said the 41-degree heat bothered him, he added that wasn't the main reason he went down. He was still dripping rust.
“Most important was I didn't practise for two months,” he said. “I just came to Sydney without absolutely any practice and I didn't have opportunity for to prepare myself for long matches. Still, I'm anyway happy I was able to go to this third round.”