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Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States during their women’s singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday. (REUTERS: David Gray)

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Nadal, Federer, Murray through in ‘inhumane’ heat

Rafa Nadal got a free pass into the second round of the Australian Open when Bernard Tomic retired injured on Tuesday, a welcome reprieve from stifling heat that led one player to describe conditions at Melbourne Park as “inhumane”.

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