Dimitrov holds off American McDonald 8-6 in 5th in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Grigor Dimitrov was pushed all the way in five sets before finally beating No. 186-ranked Mackenzie McDonald, who had never won a tour-level match before qualifying for the Australian Open.

Dimitrov won the season-ending ATP Finals last November and entered the tournament ranked No. 3, but struggled in a second-round night match which finished 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6 as midnight approached Wednesday.

McDonald, the NCAA champion for UCLA in 2016, had never played...

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