Dimitrov holds off American McDonald

(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 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 anyone ranked in the top 50 but was far from overwhelmed.

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