Tennis: Dimitrov survives scare against McDonald to reach third round
January 17, 2018 | 5:14 PM
by Reuters
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after defeating Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. in the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. Photo - Reuters

Melbourne: Third seed Grigor Dimitrov suffered a huge scare against 186th-ranked qualifier Mackenzie McDonald before holding his nerve in a tension-charged deciding set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6 and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Bulgarian Dimitrov, a semifinalist at Melbourne Park last year, fell in a huge hole in the fourth set against the free-swinging American, whose shot-making and composure made a mockery of his humble ranking.

Dimitrov had to wait and hope for McDonald to falter under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, and finally the American did with a double-fault that gave up match point.

Dimitrov held on until McDonald slammed a forehand into the net putting his opponent into a third round clash with Russian 30th seed Andrey Rublev.

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