Roger Federer's royal robe


If Florida married Arizona, they'd have a baby named Melbourne.

Hot, sweaty, icky, nasty, gross.

But that's what you get at the Happy Slam -- gobs of crestfallen competitors who have to fight these torrid conditions. And who can blame them? In three days, with temperatures rising well into triple digits, players have barfed, collapsed, quit and complained.

On Thursday, for the first time, though, the Australian Open invoked its "extreme heat policy" when the humidity climbed to about 60 percent. At 1:52 p.m. local time, and after careful consultation with meteorological and medical staff, the tournament released this statement: "Once the policy was enforced no matches were called for the outside courts. Matches already under way on the outside courts were suspended at the end of the set in play. All practice sessions on outside courts were also suspended.

"The roof on Rod Laver Arena was closed at the end of the match in progress, which was in the third and final set at the time the Extreme Heat Policy came into effect. The roof on Hisense Arena was closed at the end of the set in progress and remained closed until the end of the match."

Play was halted for four hours.

Oh, and if heat and humidity weren't enough, there was also a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay, starting at about 6:45 p.m. Onsite ESPN researcher Miki Singh, who helped provide these stats, succinctly summed up the day as "fun." We're fairly sure he was feigning any modicum of enthusiasm.

By the time Andy Murray took the court, which wasn't until about 10 p.m. local time, temperatures had dropped to a frosty 86 degrees. It was so cold, in fact, rumor has it that King Federer had to put on his royal robe to keep adequate circulation.

Anyway, in an effort to maintain this theme, here are our Heat Power Rankings through two rounds (FYI, neither LeBron nor Fed's robe made the top five):

1. The Heat

Well, of course. How could you do a Heat Power Rankings and not have the heat at No. 1? On Monday, 93 degrees; Tuesday, 108.5; Wednesday, 111. And on Thursday, it was a wet 110.1 degrees. Agnieszka Radwanska, a straight-sets second-round winner, has a solution to the searing sun. "I think, you know, the ice bath, it's the thing everybody does this week every day," she told reporters afterward. Smart girl, she is.

Heat Power Ranking: 12.4 out of 10. It's wicked hot.

2. The Big Four ( Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer)

They've played a combined 24 sets and won a combined 24 sets. According to that stats guru Miki Singh, that's a good winning percentage. Combined, the Big Four have been broken just four times. Three of those breaks came courtesy of Vincent Millot, who, according to another ESPN numbers guy, John Berkok, was up 5-1 in the third set with a set point at 40-30 until Murray reeled off 23 straight points to win his second-round match 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.

Heat Power Ranking: 8.9 out of 10. Murray's lapse hurt the team.

3. Caroline Wozniacki's water bottle

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