Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal lost to American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open.

The match ended with a score of 4:6, 4:6, 5:7. The tennis players spent 2 hours and 32 minutes on the court.

In the second set, the match was suspended at the score of 4:6, 3:5. The 36-year-old Spaniard began to experience pain in his left hip, so he decided to call medics to the court. Nadal then left the court, going to the backstage area.

World No.2 Nadal served six times on the court, made two double faults, and converted two break points out of four. McDonald, the 65th-ranked player in the world, had 14 aces, two doubles, and five break points out of eight.

Nadal is the reigning Australian Open champion. He defeated Daniil Medvedev in the final in 2022.

In the third round of the Grand Slam tournament, McDonald will play the winner of the match Dalibor Svrčina (Czech Republic) – Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan).

Last updated on 18 Jan 2023 - 16:22

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