Summary clip of today's sports events, 16.1 (Sport1)
The second round of the Australian Open started today (Wednesday) with a huge sensation: Rafael Nadal, ranked first and the reigning champion, lost in three sets already in the second round and was eliminated by Mackenzie McDonald.
In the women's category, Iga Shabiontek easily defeated the Colombian Osorio.
Already eliminated in the second round.
Nadal (Photo: Reuters)
The reigning champion Rafael Nadal (1) lost in the first round against Jack Draper and hoped to continue his quest for the 23rd Grand Slam title in his career against the American Mackenzie MacDonald (63rd in the world).
But the Spaniard faltered from the start and was sensationally eliminated with a 6:4, 6:4, 7:5 loss within two and a half hours.
McDoland unquestionably dominated the first two sets, when trailing 5:3 in the second set the match was stopped when Nadal sought treatment due to pain in his leg.
After a few minutes the game continued.
Nadal lost the second set and gave a fight in the third set, but broke at a critical moment to 6:5 and already raised his hands on the way to the loss within two and a half hours of play.
It was Nadal's quickest loss in Australia since 2016 when he was knocked out in the first round.
Nadal, who saw his wife crying in the stands, will probably make another and perhaps last attempt to win another Grand Slam title at the French Championship, his "home" tournament.
Felix Oja Eliasim, the excellent Canadian ranked sixth was on his way to a surprise elimination against the Russian Alex Molchan.
He lost the first two sets 6:3, 6:3, but then made a heroic comeback and won 6:3, 6:3, 3:6, 2:6, 2:6 in a match that lasted a little over three hours.
Danil Medvedev (7), the finalist of the last two years, closed the first round in 1:36 hours, and tomorrow he has a comfortable encounter against John Millman, the veteran Australian, ranked 145 in the world, who hopes to cause a big surprise in front of the local crowd.
Third-ranked Stephanos Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals in Australia in the last two years, and hopes at least to repeat these achievements.
His opponent in the second round is very comfortable - the local Rinki Hijikata, who received a free ticket and is ranked 169 in the world.
Felix Oja Eliasim (6, Canada) - Alex Molchan (Russia)
Yannick Zinner (15, Italy)
- Thomas Acheberry (Argentina) 3:6, 2:6, 2:6
Francis Tiapo (16, USA) - Yongchen Shang (China)
Karen Khachanov (18, Russia) - Jason Kubler (Australia)
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I want to go all the way.
Shabiontech (Photo: Reuters)
Last year, Igba Shabiontek (1) recorded her record achievement in Australia - the semi-finals.
This time the champion of Roland Garros and the USA in 2022 wants to go all the way, and she is also the clear favorite. Tonight she had no difficulty against the Colombian Kimela Osorio (82nd in the world), who has never made it past the second round in Grand Slams, defeating her 2:6 and 3 6:6 in a match that lasted less than an hour and a half on the main court at Broad Labour.
Third-seeded Jessica Pegula, who has yet to make it past the quarter-finals at previous Grand Slams, is hoping that Australia will brighten her face. After playing just 59 minutes in the first round, she struggled this time around More, but did not stumble against Eliaksandra Sesnovich (38th in the world), whom she surrendered 4:6, 4:6 in the previous US Championship in a match that lasted an hour and a half.
Coco Goff (7), who was eliminated last year already in the first round and has yet to reach the quarter-finals in Australia, started the tournament on the right foot and will try to continue the momentum against the British Emma Radukano (75 in the world), in a meeting between two of the most talented tennis players in the round.
Maria Skari (6, Greece) - Diana Schneider (Russia)
Madison Keys (10, USA) - Qinyu Wang (China)
Daniel Collins (13, USA) - Karolina Mukhova (Czech Republic)
Petra Kvitova (15, Czech Republic) - Anlina Kalinina (Ukraine)
Elena Rivakina (22, Kazakhstan) - Kazha Zovan (Slovenia)