Mackenzie McDonald scores the first surprise in Rotterdam

October 9, 2021; Indian Wells, California, USA; Mackenzie McDonald (USA) hits a shot during their second round match against Daniil Medvedev (RUS) during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

American Mackenzie McDonald defeated No. 8 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-2, in 65 minutes on Monday in the first round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

McDonald won 31 of 39 first-serve points (79.5%), saved five of six break points and held a 5-0 ace advantage over Basilashvili.

In the next round, McDonald will face Alex de Minaur after the Australian crushed Belgian David Goffin 6-0, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 7-6(7), while sixth-seeded Briton Cameron Norrie beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-2 , 6-4.

Argentina Open

No. 5 seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia saved three match points at 5-4, 40-games and rallied to beat France’s Benoit Paire 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 ( 3) in the first round in Buenos Aires.

Lajovic’s unlikely victory was one of four matches to go the distance on Monday. In a battle of Serbs, Miomir Kecmanovic upset No.8 seed Laslo Djere 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Argentinian Federico Coria beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, and Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Two other Argentines battled it out in the first round when qualifier Francisco Cerundolo beat Facundo Bagnis 7-5, 6-2. Bagnis kept the match going by saving nine of 15 break points.

–Field level media

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