MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open on Wednesday after going down 4-6, 4-6, 5-7 to unseeded Mackenzie McDonald in the second round.
Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves the court after losing to USA's Mackenzie McDonald in their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2023. (Photo: AFP)
The two players had one head-to-head previously - in the second round of the French Open last year with Nadal emerging victorious 6-1, 6-3 and 6-3.
USA's Mackenzie McDonald hits a return against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2023. (Photo: AFP)
The last time the 36-year-old Spaniard bowed out at such an early stage was the 2016 Australian Open, where he suffered a narrow 7-6(6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 loss to his compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the opening round.