Mackenzie McDonald and Ben Shelton have made a stunning start to their campaign at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The American duo pulled off an impressive upset against fourth-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (6:4, 6:4) in the opening round of the hard-court ATP 500.
The unseeded pairing produced an excellent display, converting four out of eight break points to claim their first ATP Tour win together at the second attempt.
McDonald and Shelton’s victory was hard-earned, and they displayed great resilience and composure throughout the match. They held their nerve to win a tense first-set tie-break, where they never trailed, before mounting an impressive comeback in the second set.
Despite being down 2-4, they rallied to win four straight games and secure an 89-minute victory. Their triumph is a testament to their impressive teamwork and serves as a warning to their future opponents at the tournament.