Nole gutted out a three setter over Gilly, fighting both himself and the heat, 36 75 75. The temperature ranged from 36-40 degrees during the match and while Gilly had played all his matches during the afternoon, Nole had played all his prior matches at night. The kid looked out of it in the third, falling behind a break immediately before finding a way to grind out the win.
“I think I fought my way through in the match, really believed till the end and mentally this is a very important win for me,” said Djokovic. “If I want to stay on top of the men's game, I have to win these matches because Simon is certainly one of the best players in the world.”
A disappointed Simon said: “I was just playing very badly, so even when I had opportunities I wasn’t not able to do anything with them. I had several chances to break him in the second and third sets, but every time I just made a mistake. I think I had enough chances to win this match and finally I lost it, so that's why it is a very bad match.”
Gilly definitely had this match and it's a shame to see him lose it. But all credit to Nole for fighting through. This has to help him so much mentally.
On the other side, I definitely didn't see Daveed woodshedding Reeshard 62 62. But he put on a pretty fantastic display to do so, so all credit to him.