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Extreme heat takes record toll as players wilt at Australian Open

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Ivan Dodig feared he might die and Serena Williams said the heat was making her "paranoid" Wednesday as sweltering conditions felled a record number of players at the Australian Open. 

Julien Benneteau cools down with an ice pack during his men's singles match against Pablo Carreno Busta on day one of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2014

With temperatures above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the second straight day, Dodig became the latest casualty when he retired with severe cramp after four sets against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

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