Heavy rain falls during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Like farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron grip of heat and smoke(...)

A view of smoke haze at Melbourne Park where organisers of the Australian Open tennis tournament announced a suspension of practice sessions and a delay of the start of qualifying matches due to the conditions. Photograph: EPA

Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time grea(...)