Third-seed Dimitrov got a huge scare from McDonald, but won out in the end. AFP / Paul Crock
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Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov pulled off great escapes to stay in contention. The world No. 1 Spaniard's march toward a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Rod Laver Arena.The Dane saved two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in an epic third set to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive.She looked out for the count, and was struggling afterward to work out how she survived 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 against a player ranked 119 .The Ukrainian is now on a seven-match win streak and after picking up five WTA Tour titles last year, more than any other woman, is a serious Grand Slam contender.
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