McDonald tried to play more aggressively in the third set, but it was too late and not enough to overturn a match against the greatest ever tennis player on clay.
While Barca's pre-season was all about veteran players leaving and Leo Messi wanting to leave the club, their league debut at home to Villarreal was all about Ansu Fati. The 18-year-old was at the heart of nearly all the good things his side did in the first half as they went 4-0 up in just 45 minutes to assure Ronald Koeman a placid debut as coach. He scored the first two goals with an exhibition of cool finishing and then provoked the penalty which Messi slotted away to make it 3-0.
Comments of team leaders indicate growing unrest in a squad that seems to fear their ambitions could be disappointed when trying to repeat some of last season's success after winning the treble.
BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Six-time champions Boca Juniors secured their place in the Copa Libertadores knockout stage on Tuesday, despite being held to a goalless home draw by Libertad.
TEHRAN, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Ali Karimi, the midfielder of Iran's Esteghlal soccer club, has been linked with a move to Turkey's Trabzonspor, Persian Football reported on Thursday.
MADRID, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Ansu Fati scored twice and won a penalty with a magnificent first half performance as FC Barcelona beat Villarreal 4-0 in Ronald Koeman's debut as Barca coach.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Fiorentina loanee Pedro scored his third goal of the Brazilian Serie A season as a depleted Flamengo earned a 1-1 draw at Palmeiras on Sunday.
Real Madrid confirmed with a communique on their official website on Wednesday that the Belgian international has suffered "a muscle injury in his right leg."
Also on Wednesday, 23-time Grand Slam winner and No. 6 seed Serena Williams was forced to pull out of the French Open ahead of her second round match against Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova because of an Achilles injury.
In other fixtures on Wednesday, River Plate won 2-1 at home to Sao Paulo, Palmeiras routed Bolivar 5-0 in Sao Paulo, Independiente Medellin won 2-0 in Caracas, Racing beat Nacional 2-1 in Montevideo, Estudiantes drew 2-2 at Alianza Lima and Barcelona SC won 2-0 at Junior Barranquilla. Enditem
Salihamidzic seems to be facing a Herculean challenge to not only find a back-up for spearhead Lewandowski, an additional midfielder and a suitable full-back.