Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Mackenzie McDonald produced one of many upsets of the Australian Open on Wednesday as he eradicated defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 7-5 within the second spherical, with the Spaniard hampered by an obvious leg damage.

There have been ominous indicators early on as primary seed Nadal had his serve damaged within the opening recreation of the match, and McDonald secured a second break en path to wrapping up the primary set.

It was extra of the identical within the second as McDonald took benefit of some uncharacteristically sloppy play from the 36-year-old, earlier than Nadal appeared to harm himself.

At 4-3 down within the second set, Nadal pulled up with an obvious higher leg problem after chasing a forehand, and his motion was clearly hampered from that time on.

In typical defiant style, Nadal’s degree rose within the third, hitting 24 winners, however as he improved, so did McDonald, who did not enable Nadal a single break level alternative.

The 22-time grand slam champion saved break level at 4-4 to carry function he tried to get again into the competition, however was unable to repeat the trick in his subsequent service recreation as McDonald secured the break earlier than serving out to clinch a well-known win.

It’s the newest in a troubling run of type for Nadal, who obtained a number of damage timeouts on his method to a seventh loss from his final 10 matches courting again to the US Open.

McDonald will play the winner of Yoshihito Nishioka and Dalibor Svrcina within the third spherical.

Information Slam: Nadal joins doubtful firm as top-seed casualty

Nadal is the primary high seed to be eradicated from the Australian Open within the second spherical since Gustavo Kuerten in 2001.

The Brazilian was additionally a clay specialist, successful all three of his grand slams on the French Open.

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Nadal – 6/2

McDonald – 14/2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Nadal – 42/31

McDonald – 42/22

BREAK POINTS WON

Nadal – 2/4

McDonald – 5/8

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