Defending Champion Rafael Nadal Eliminated in Australian Open Upset by Mackenzie McDonald
- World Soccer Today -
Rafael Nadal, the defending champion of the Australian Open, was defeated by 65th-ranked American Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the tournament on Wednesday.
This is Nadal's worst performance in a Grand Slam in seven years.
The 36-year-old Spanish player seemed to be dealing with a hip injury during the match, which took place under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena.
The match was a close one, but McDonald was able to secure the win with a score of 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. This marks a major upset for Nadal, who is considered one of the top players in the world.
The injury may have played a role in his defeat, but McDonald's impressive performance cannot be ignored.
This is a significant milestone for McDonald, who will now move on to the next round of the tournament.
The Australian Open will continue to see exciting matches as the tournament progresses, with many top players competing for the title of champion.