Australian Open 2014 TV Schedule: Viewing Guide for Day 4 in Melbourne

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand in his first round match against Bernard Tomic of Australia  during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The blistering heat in Melbourne hasn't stopped the world's top tennis stars from blistering their opponents at the 2014 Australian Open. That could change on Thursday, Jan. 16, however, as the TV schedule for Day 4 features Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray and others, who'll do their utmost to avoid an embarrassing upset in Round 2.

Not all have thrived in the brutal conditions, however.

With temperatures soaring to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 Celsius) on Jan. 14, per CNN.comCanadian Frank Dancevic fainted while battling Frenchman Benoit Paire, prompting him to speak out against the "inhumane" conditions:

I think it's inhumane, I don't think it's fair to anybody, to the players, to the fans, to the sport, when you see players pulling out of matches, passing out. 

I've played five set matches all my life and being out there for a set and a half and passing out with heat-stroke, it's not normal.

I personally don't think it's fair and I know a lot of players don't think it's fair.

Unfortunately, the heat wave is expected to continue for another couple of days, according to, which projects 105 degrees for Jan. 15 and 104 degrees for Jan. 16 before dropping down into the 70s over the weekend. 

Heat won't stop the action, however—the show must go on. With that in mind, here's a look at the television schedule for Day 4:

DateTime (ET)RoundChannel
Thursday, Jan. 163 p.m. - 6 p.m.Early roundESPN2
Thursday, Jan. 167 p.m. - 11 p.m.Third roundTennis Channel
Thursday, Jan. 1611 p.m. - 7 a.m.Early roundESPN2
TV Guide

Sharapova (3) will get the action kicked off at Rod Laver Arena at 7 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local time) when she takes on Italy's Karin Knapp.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her first round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Austr
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Both women cruised through Round 1 in straight sets, and the most interesting thing to report is that Sharapova showed up with an ice vest to help her stay cool, as reported by the Associated Press:

After missing the U.S. Open with a shoulder injury, Sharapova's strong start is an encouraging sign that perhaps she's ready to challenge Serena Williams in this year's Australian Open. 

Later in the day, Nadal will hit the court to battle local boy Thanasi Kokkinakis, who shouldn't be much competition for the No. 1 player in the world. 

Kokkinakis (No. 570) needed four sets to beat Igor Sijsling in Round 1, while Nadal advanced after only one set when his opponent, Bernard Tomic from Australia, retired due to a groin injury.

Unfortunately, the crowd didn't like Tomic's decision, forcing him to later defend his actions, as noted by the AFP, via "If I played on I would be out for three or four months, so I am glad I stopped...Lucky I stopped in the end, because I would have done myself a lot worse playing with Rafa another few hours on court."

It's hard to blame him. Nadal is a relentless attacker, and trying to keep up with his volleys with a groin injury would have been an excruciating experience. 

Later in the evening, Victoria Azarenka (2) will take the court to face Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

Like Nadal, Azarenka shouldn't have any trouble dispatching her opponent. Zahlavova-Strycova has never gotten out of the third round at the Australian Open, and she wasn't sharp in her opening match against Su-Wei Hsieh.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a forehand in his first round match against Go Soeda of Japan during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Camer
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Capping off the evening's action, Andy Murray (4) will take on Frenchman Vincent Millot (267), and it will be a shock if Murray doesn't win in straight sets. Millot is dealing with back pain, and he needed three-and-a-half hours to get past his first-round opponent.  


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