Frank Dancevic

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Frank Dancevic
Dancevic 2009 Davis Cup 2.jpg
Full name Frank Russell Dancevic
Country  Canada
Residence Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Born (1984-09-26) September 26, 1984 (age 29)
Niagara Falls
Height 1.85 m (6.1 ft)
Turned pro 2003
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Martin Laurendeau (?-2008, 2009, 2012),
Boris Vallejo (2008)
Leonardo Lavalle (2008, 2009)
John Dancevic (?, 2012, 2014)
Dejan Cvetkovic (2013, 2014-)
Prize money $1,569,075
Singles
Career record 62–95 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 65 (September 10, 2007)
Current ranking No. 95 (July 7, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2007)
French Open 1R (2008, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 2R (2007, 2008, 2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 1R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 12–24 (ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 175 (January 28, 2008)
Current ranking No. 376 (June 23, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2007, 2008)
Wimbledon Q1 (2010)
Team competitions
Davis Cup SF (2013)
Last updated on: July 7, 2014.

Frank Russell Dancevic (Serbian Cyrillic: Френк Расел Данчевић) (born September 26, 1984) is a Canadian professional tennis player. He first became the country's top singles player, according to ATP rankings, on February 10, 2003, as an eighteen-year old, and remained so from January 30, 2006 until June 20, 2010.[1] He is now the No. 3 Canadian in singles.[2] Dancevic has reached two ATP singles finals (Indianapolis and Eastbourne), the quarterfinals of the 2007 Montreal Masters and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 65 in September 2007.

In August 2011, Dancevic became the first men's singles player, in one calendar year, to enter the main draw of all four grand slam by playing the qualifying competition for each event.[3] During July 2014 he is playing World Team Tennis for the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Professional tour career[edit]

Dancevic at the 2013 US Open

The right-handed Dancevic turned pro in 2003 and reached his career high singles ranking in September 2007 at world No. 65. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, he was at that time the highest ranked men's Canadian singles player since Daniel Nestor, who was ranked world No. 61 in September 1999. It was Fred Niemeyer whom Dancevic overtook to become, in early 2006, Canada's top-ranked singles player.

Dancevic's best tournament results to date, all in singles, have been reaching the final of the 2007 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, the final of the 2009 Aegon International, the quarter-finals of the 2007 Rogers Cup, the semi-finals again in Indianapolis in 2009, the semi-finals of the 2008 Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, and winning the 2003 and 2006 Granby and 2003 Lexington, 2006 Waikoloa, 2008 Surbiton Challenger Series, and 2012 Dallas Tennis Classic events. His best doubles result has been reaching the final of the 2007 Japan Open, partnering Stephen Huss and winning Granby in 2004 while playing with Brian Baker.

Dancevic became Canada's top ATP-ranked singles player on February 10, 2003, replacing Simon Larose. He held the position until May 19, 2003, when he was surpassed by Larose. Dancevic regained the Canada 1 ranking on July 28, 2003, replacing Fred Niemeyer, and held it until August 11. He would not be so ranked again, however, until the following June 14, when he held the position for the week, and again for the week beginning July 12, 2004. Dancevic next was Canada's top-ranked player on August 16, 2004, and remained so this time until July 18, 2005, when he was replaced again by Niemeyer. He regained the ranking once more, nevertheless, from August 1 to October 17, 2005, only to lose it once more to Niemeyer.

Dancevic was coached by former tour player Leo Lavalle from sometime in 2008 until June 2009, when he returned to former mentor and Canadian Davis Cup captain, Martin Laurendeau.[4] From May 2008 until hiring Lavalle, Dancevic worked with Frenchman Boris Vallejo. After being coached by his father John Dancevic in 2012, Dancevic's ATP.com Profile lists Canadian former player Dejan Cvetkovic as his current coach.[5]

2000–2002[edit]

Dancevic played his professional tour event in July 2000, the Granby Challenger, and lost in the first round to the World No. 381 player, Philip King, in three sets. He lost in the first round in the same event a year later in straight sets to the World No. 157 player, Axel Pretzsch. In February and April 2002, Dancevic played on Canada's Davis Cup team, going 1–1 in two dead rubbers. In his first Futures event, U.S.A. F10 in May, he won his first three matches in straight sets, reaching the semi-finals. Losing in the first round of F11, he reached the finals of F12. Then in July in reached the second round of the Granby Challenger (in his third appearance). Dancevic then lost his first full-fledged tour event match, at the Canada Masters, to Fabrice Santoro 5–7, 3–6. The following week Dancevic was entered into the Legg Mason Tennis Classic as a wildcard and proceeded to defeat World No. 90 and future World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the first round 6–4, 6–7, 6–3. He ended the year however losing two singles matches in a Davis Cup tie with Brazil and in the first round of a Tyler, Texas challenger. He finished 2002 ranked World No. 434 in singles and No. 414 in doubles.

2003, 2004[edit]

Dancevic began 2003 on a roll, winning the first two tournaments he entered and reaching the semis of a third, all Futures played in consecutive weeks in January in Florida. Winning a Davis Cup match in a tie against Peru in April, he reached the final of Canada F1 in June, then won Canada F2 and the Granby and Lexington challengers in July. This saw his singles ranking climb to World No. 198, allowing him to play in qualifying for the US Open, in his circuit Grand Slam debut, where he reached the second round. He finished the year however losing 5 of 7 matches, and his first five of 2004. He lost in qualifying for the 2004 Australian Open in the second round.

In March 2004 Frank's fortunes changed as he reached the final of France F5. He reached the second round in the next two challengers, the quarters in the next, and then the semis in Surbiton on grass. The following week, again on grass at Queen's, Dancevic reached the second round in just his third full-fledged ATP event. He attempted to qualify for Wimbledon but lost in the first round. In summer play, he reached the semis at Granby and the finals at Aptos, California challenger in July, but lost again in the first round at the Canada Masters. He followed this up though by reaching the semi-finals at the Binghamton, New York challenger and the second round in US Open qualifying. He had a better autumn playing the American challenger circuit, posting 11 match wins against 5 losses. Dancevic finished 2004 ranked world No. 171 in singles and No. 462 in doubles.

2005[edit]

Dancevic began 2005 playing four consecutive International Series or higher events, going two wins, four losses. He went one step better in grand slam play too, reaching the third round of qualifying for the 2005 Australian Open. He improved at Wimbledon too, reaching the second round in qualifying. Dancevic did not get out of the second round of the main draw in any event, however, until reaching the quarters at the Granby challenger in June. He lost in the first round at the Canada Masters to Xavier Malisse 2–6, 2–6 and again reached the second round in qualifying for the US Open.

Despite a disappointing year, in September Frank narrowly lost to Max Mirnyi in the deciding rubber of a Davis CupWorld Group Play Off tie. In five American challenger events in the fall, he only got past the second round once, when he reached finals of the Boston, Massachusetts Challenger. He lost this match 7–5, 5–7, 3–6 to American Paul Goldstein. Dancevic finished 2005 ranked World No. 188 in singles and No. 403 in doubles.

2006[edit]

Dancevic began the year with a bang in winning the first event that he entered, the Waikoloa Challenger, reaching finals of his next event, the Besançon Challenger, and then the semis of the Cherbourg Challenger. After moderate success on clay in four events in Mexico played around a tie against the Mexico Davis Cup team, where he lost both of his singles matches, he reached the final of the Atlanta Challenger played on har-tru.

In June for the second time Dancevic reached the second round at Queen's. He then qualified for his first grand slam main draw, at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.[6] He was defeated in the first round by Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, however. Dancevic's better year continued as he won the Granby Challenger in July and in August reached the second round of the Canada Masters for the first time in five attempts. His singles ranking cracked the top 100 for the first time with his title victory in Granby. The top seed for qualifying for the US Open he failed to make the main draw, nevertheless.

In the autumn, Dancevic reached the second round in three straight ATP Tour tournaments, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Stockholm. Following a first round loss in St. Petersburg, he reached the quarter-finals in two straight challengers, Louisville and Nashville. He retired from his final match of the year, in the first round of the Champaign Challenger. Frank finished the year ranked World No. 88 in singles and No. 479 in doubles.

2007[edit]

Dancevic began 2007 going 1–2 in round robin matches at the Next Generation Adelaide International International Series event. He opened the 2007 Australian Open with a straight sets win over Victor Hănescu and lost in the second round to #19 seed Lleyton Hewitt in four sets. He then lost in the second round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to Marcos Baghdatis after a straight sets win over Alexander Waske. Dancevic lost in the first round of the next three International Series events he appeared in San Jose, Memphis, and Las Vegas, losing to Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Igor Kunitsyn respectively. He then reached the second round at the ATP Masters Series Indian Wells, defeating Waske again and losing to Fernando González. Dancevic then dropped down to the challenger circuit, reaching the finals in Bermuda, the second round in Naples, Florida, and losing in the first round at Tunica Resorts and Forest Hills.

Dancevic went 3–3 for the grass court season. He defeated Sergio Roitman in reaching the second round at Queen's Club. He lost in the final round of qualifying in 2007 Wimbledon Championships but reached the main draw as a lucky loser (with the withdrawal of Mario Ančić). He reached the second round defeating World No. 60 Stefan Koubek 6–2, 6–4, 6–2 and then losing to No. 25 David Nalbandian 2–6, 3–6, 7–5, 3–6. He then reached the second round of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, defeating Kevin Kim in the first round 6–3 6–3 (in 2006, he defeated the same player in the same round at this same tournament by almost the same score, 6–4 6–3). He then lost to eventual champion Fabrice Santoro 7–6, 3–6, 4–6.

In July at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Dancevic defeated World No. 46 Benjamin Becker 6–4, 6–3 marking Dancevic's first defeat of a top 50 player. He has followed that with a victory over No. 54 Juan Martín del Potro 3–6, 7–6, 6–4. He then defeated Igor Kunitsyn in a rain-delayed match that finished almost 9 hours after it began 6–4, 7–6. He has become the first Canadian to reach the semifinals (and quarterfinals, too) of a top-level ATP tournament since Sébastien Lareau did so in February 2001. He followed that up with the biggest win of his career to date, by far, beating World No. 5 Andy Roddick 6–4, 7–6, to reach the finals. He became the first Canadian to reach an ATP final since Greg Rusedski did so in 1995 (before Rusedski changed his citizenship to that of Great Britain.) He then lost in the finals to No. 3 seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 4–6, 5–7.

Dancevic has continued his elevated play into August, defeating del Potro again, Wayne Odesnik, and World No. 35 Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup where he lost to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6–4 2–6 3–6. This effort raised his ranking to World No. 65, his highest ranking to date. He played his first US Open in 2007, and lost a hard-fought three-set match to former World No. 1 and 2000 US Open Champion Marat Safin, the 25th seed. Having come through qualifying, whereas in 2006 he was the top seed but failed to make the main draw, Dancevic lost to Safin 5–7, 6–7, 6–7, despite serving for the second set up 5–3 and the third set, up 6–5 in the tiebreak.

Dancevic's form took a slight dip in autumn, as he reached second round of the Thailand Open, lost in the first round of Japan Open Tennis, and in the second round of the Stockholm Open to top seed James Blake 2–6, 3–6.

2008[edit]

Dancevic's ranking allowed him to enter directly into the 2008 Australian Open main draw, where in his first round match against #24 seed Jarkko Nieminen he came back from being down 2 sets to love to level at 2 sets apiece before losing the fifth 1–6. He was out of action from January with a facet joint strain of the thoracic spine. After returning to play in May he struggled, going 1–1 twice in back-to-back Challenger tournaments in Morocco (on clay) before losing in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II International Series tourney. Dancevic's ranking was good enough however to allow him to gain entry into the main draw of the 2008 French Open, which marked the first time a Canadian had done so since Daniel Nestor in 1999. He lost however in the first round in 4 sets to unheralded Miguel Ángel López Jaén.

Dancevic hitting a groundstroke at Wimbledon 2008.

Dancevic began his 2008 grass court tennis season in style, winning the Surbiton challenger in late May – early June as he defeated Kevin Anderson in the final in three sets. The 57 ATP points he gained saw his ranking jump from No. 111 to 90. At Wimbledon, Dancevic was given a wild card entry. In the first round, he pulled off an impressive upset in defeating the number 7 seed and former finalist, David Nalbandian in straight sets 6–4, 6–2, 6–4. After the match, Dancevic called it "one of the best matches of my career, if not the best". He was unable to sustain this level of play and fell to 102nd ranked Bobby Reynolds in second round 6–4, 6–7, 4–6, 4–6. In the final grass court event of the year, the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Dancevic defeated Taylor Dent, Brendan Evans, and Igor Kunitsyn to reach the semi-finals where he lost to Prakash Amritraj.

Dancevic, after losing in the first round at Indianapolis, again to Reynolds, had a solid win over World No. 24 Mario Ančić, 6–3, 6–4, before falling to World No. 3 Novak Djokovic 4–6, 4–6 at the 2008 Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was not ranked high enough to enter directly the main draw in Cincinnati or Los Angeles, but took part in the singles event the Olympics as a late alternate replacement, losing in the first round to No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6–4, 3–6, 2–6. Despite being ranked outside the top 110 in the world since July 27, Dancevic received direct entry in the main singles draw of the US Open where he lost in straight sets to No. 18 seed Nicolás Almagro.

On the American challenger circuit in the autumn, injury once again flared up as Dancevic was forced to retire in his quarter-final match at the Tulsa, Oklahoma event and skip Waco, Texas. He reached the finals however in Lubbock, Texas, defeating Peter Polansky, Tim Smyczek, Rajeev Ram, and Dušan Vemić before falling to John Isner. He then lost in the first round in Sacramento, California, to Filipino-American veteran Cecil Mamiit before reaching the semi-finals at the Calabasas, California Challenger, beating Michael McClune, Alex Bogomolov, Jr., and Michael Russell before falling to Vincent Spadea 6–4, 5–7, 3–6. Dancevic next lost in the first round of the next two challengers, in Louisville and Nashville. He then reached the quarters of the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois challenger, where he lost to Wayne Odesnik 4–6, 6–2, 4–6. He most recently, as the tournament No. 6 seed, lost to Luka Gregorc 4–6, 6–1, 3–6 in the semis of the Knoxville, Tennessee challenger. His record for the autumn circuit has finished at 14 wins, 8 loses.

2009[edit]

Dancevic opened 2009 failing to qualify for the main draw of the Brisbane International, in the first week of the schedule. He came through qualifying at the Medibank International in Sydney but lost in the first round to No. 5 seed Igor Andreev 6–7, 3–6. Dancevic lost in the final qualifying round of the 2009 Australian Open as the No. 14 seed but has been entered into the main draw as a lucky loser, where he lost in the first round to No. 9 seed James Blake in straight sets. He then lost the following week 4–6, 1–6 to Ramón Delgado in the first round of the Carson, California challenger. Two weeks later Dancevic lost in the first round of qualifying of the 2009 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup. He followed this result by qualifying and losing in the first round of the 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, 5–7, 3–6 to top seed Mardy Fish.

After Canada's first Davis Cup tie of the year (see section below), Dancevic took a week off. He next qualified for the main draw of the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, defeating Nicolas Mahut and top seed Dudi Sela, 6–2, 6–4. Dancevic then upset Philipp Kohlschreiber 6–4, 7–6 in the first round before losing to World No. 3 Novak Djokovic 3–6, 2–6. Dancevic then returned to poor form, losing in the first round of three consecutive Challenger events. After taking a few weeks off from competition, he lost in the first round of qualifying for the French Open, to World No. 221 Jean-René Lisnard in straight sets, despite having been the No. 7 seed. He then lost in the first round of the Aegon Trophy Challenger and second round of qualifying for the Aegon Championships as the top seed. Both of these tournaments are played on grass which is arguably Dancevic's best surface, although the at least his first match at Queen's Club was played indoors on a synthetic surface due to rain.[7]

Dancevic has rebounded in a big way on the eve of Wimbledon, having reached the final of an ATP Tour event for only his second time, the Aegon International. He first easily qualified for the grass court tourney, and then defeated top seed Igor Andreev, 7–6, 6–2, in the first round. Dancevic then defeated British Wildcard James Ward 7–6, 6–4 to advance to the quarterfinals where he faced Leonardo Mayer. After a three set win, he beat veteran Frenchman Fabrice Santoro 6–4, 6–4 to advance to his second ever ATP tour final, which he lost to Dmitry Tursunov, 3–6, 6–7, who coincidentally defeated Dancevic in his first ATP final. Frank has attributed his turnaround with returning to work with his former coach, Martin Laurendeau.[4] Despite this good form however, he went on to lose 6–4, 7–6, 6–3 to Belgian Steve Darcis in the first round of Wimbledon. Forturnately for him, despite this lose, Dancevic only dropped one place in the ATP rankings.

Dancevic returning a shot during play in Indianapolis, 2009

Dancevic lost in the first round of the 2009 Hall of Fame Championships, to No. 8 seed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–7, 6–2, 5–7. Having reached the semi-finals of this tourney last season, he has dropped 150 ranking points and his ranking has fallen from World No. 93 to No. 123. After a week off, Dancevic reached the semi-finals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, defeating Bobby Reynolds 6–2, 7–6, No. 5 seed Benjamin Becker 6–2, 7–5, and No. 1 seed Dmitry Tursunov 3–6, 7–6, 6–2, before falling to No. 2 seed Sam Querrey 4–6, 4–6. It was the second time that Dancevic reached the later rounds of this tournament, having reached the final in 2007, when he lost to Tursunov. Dancevic had not beaten the Russian No. 2 in 3 previous attempts. This result saw his ranking raise 7 spots to World No. 114.

The following week Dancevic fell in straight sets in the opening round of the LA Tennis Open to Marcos Baghdatis. Last week Dancevic defeated qualifier Santiago Giraldo in the first round of the Legg Mason Classic, but has lost to No. 10 seed Tommy Haas in the second, 1–6, 6–4, 4–6. Last week Dancevic lost convincingly in the first round match of the Rogers Cup to No. 9 seed Gilles Simon 1–6, 2–6. Playing doubles in a tournament for the first time since March 2008, he and partner Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, a wild card entry, reached the second round. His sudden poor form has continued as he has lost in the first round of qualifying in singles for the 2009 US Open to Dominik Meffert 6–1, 4–6, 1–6, despite being the No. 6 seed. Dancevic has not played in a tour event since the US Open. In December he underwent back surgery to treat a herniated disk.[8]

2010[edit]

Dancevic was first expected to return for either Indian Wells or Miami in March but did not. After then aiming to return at the Serbia Open,[9] he instead returned to action in June at the 2010 Aegon Trophy where he has lost to fellow unseeded player and eventual champion Ričardas Berankis in the first round, 5–7, 6–7. The week after Dancevic, as the No. 8 seed, defeated Kaden Hensel, André Sá, and Daniel Cox to qualify for the main draw of the 2010 Aegon Championships, where he lost in the first round to Dustin Brown 5–7, 7–6, 4–6.

Unseeded Dancevic lost soundly his qualifying in singles opening 3–6, 0–6 to No. 27 seed and grass-court specialist Nicolas Mahut. He and Canadian doubles specialist Adil Shamasdin also lost in the first round of doubles qualifying, in three sets. For the first time since January 2006, Dancevic is not Canada's top-ranked singles player, having plummeted to World No. 316. This is the lowest he has been ranked by the ATP in singles since July 2003.

Dancevic has a protected ranking of World No. 119 that he can use in 9 tournaments before next February.[10] He used one of these to be a regular entrant in the main draw of the 2010 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, a tournament with an entry cut-off ranking of World No. 140. Having defeated Marc Gicquel in straight sets in the opening round and Nicolas Mahut in the second, Dancevic lost to Mardy Fish 7–6, 4–6, 4–6. After a week off, Dancevic, unseeded, lost in qualifying for the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships. He has defeated World No. 629 Mark Verryth in the first round, 7–5, 7–6 but fell to No. 6 seed Nick Lindahl in the second 6–7, 6–4, 3–6.

Dancevic next received a wild-card into the main draw of the 2010 Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby and reached the semi-finals. He beat No. 6 seed Igor Sijsling 7–5, 6–3, Toshihide Matsui 6–4, 7–5, and veteran and two-time singles champion here Takao Suzuki in the quarters 7–6, 6–3, before retiring due to an injured thigh in his semi-final tie against No. 1 seed Tobias Kamke while trailing 2–6, 0–1. He did not play doubles. The following week Frank was given a special exempt place in the main draw of the 2010 Odlum Brown Vancouver Open where he has lost his opening match to Harel Levy 3–6, 4–6. Next he received a wild card into the singles main draw of the 2010 Rogers Cup and lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, 1–6, 4–6. Dancevic also lost in the first round in doubles, partnering Adil Shamasdin.

After a week off, Dancevic lost in the qualifying round of the US Open qualifying tournament. Having defeated Ivo Minář 6–2, 6–3, and No. 12 seed Stéphane Bohli 3–6, 7–5, 7–6 he lost to No. 24 seed Kei Nishikori 4–6, 1–6. Two weeks ago Dancevic was part of the Canadian Davis Cup team in a playoff series versus the Dominican Republic. With the winner to stay in the Americas Zone Group 1, Canada prevailed 5–0, at a tie played at home at the Rexall Centre. Frank joined Daniel Nestor to win the doubles rubber in straight sets and he also won a dead rubber in singles. Last week he is the No. 3 seed at Canada F5 and was upset in the quarter-finals, to No. 5 seed Nikolaus Moser 6–2, 5–7, 6–7. It is the first time he has played in an ITF Futures event since March, 2004. He also played doubles partnering compatriot Vasek Pospisil and the duo reached the semi-finals, having upset the No. 1 seeds Pierre-Ludovic Duclos and Nicholas Monroe in the second round.

After a week off, Dancevic again used one of his protected ranking allotments to reach the second round of the Ethias Trophy in Belgium, knocking out No. 2 seed Arnaud Clément in the first round. Playing doubles too as a PR entrant, he doubles specialist Tomasz Bednarek lost in the first round. The following week playing just singles, Dancevic reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Open de Rennes, defeating again Clément, the No. 1 seed, in the quarterfinals, before falling to No. 5 seed Stéphane Bohli 9–7 in a third set tie break. The very next week however Dancevic lost in the first round in both singles, to unseeded and eventual semi-finalist David Guez, 5–7, 1–6, and in doubles partnering Ilija Bozoljac.

The following week, the last of October, Frank lost in the first qualifying round of the 2010 Open Sud de France World Tour event, to Belgian teenager David Goffin, 2–6, 3–6. After a couple of weeks off, last week, he used his protected ranking to compete in the main singles draw of the 2010 Ritro Slovak Open, where he has lost to No. 5 seed and new Slovak No. 1 Lukáš Lacko, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6. This week Dancevic is once again using protected ranking to enter straight into the singles main draw of the 2010 IPP Open. He defeated veteran Frenchman and former top-60 player Antony Dupuis easily in the opening round, 6–1, 6–2, and veteran Russian and former top-40 player Igor Kunitsyn in the second round, 6–4, 6–4. Against Kunitsyn, Dancevic broke the Russian's serve three times out of four chances while saving 3 of 4 break points against. He has lost in the quarter-finals however to Ričardas Berankis 4–6, 2–6, in a match where Dancevic's opponent won 79% of points on Frank's second serve, and Frank, just 11% on his opponent's.

Dancevic ended 2010 ranked World No. 269 in singles and No. 1299 in doubles.

2011[edit]

Dancevic began 2011 by competing in the Chennai Open, where he lost in the first round to No. 8 seed Robin Haase 7–6, 4–6, 4–6. He next qualified for the 2011 Australian Open, winning his three matches without dropping a set. He lost in the first round of the main draw, however, to No. 28 seed Richard Gasquet 3–6, 4–6, 4–6.

At the SA Tennis Open, Dancevic upset defending champion and No. 1 seed Feliciano López in the first round 7–6, 2–6, 7–6 and defeated wild card Fritz Wolmarans to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to No. 6 seed Adrian Mannarino in straight sets. Three weeks later he lost in the qualifying round of the 2011 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, to Alejandro Falla.

Early March saw Canada win their 2011 Davis Cup Americas Zone Group I tie away to Mexico, despite Dancevic squandering a two-set lead to loss to the in-form Daniel Garza in the opening rubber. The next two weeks saw Frank reach the second round of qualifying for the month's two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in the US At Indian Wells he fell in three sets to Alex Bogomolov, Jr. while in Miami he bowed out to Donald Young, 5–7 in the third.

Dancevic has had likely his best clay court season ever, culminating in qualifying for the main draw of the French Open for the first time ever. He began by reaching the third round of qualifying for the 2011 US Men's Clay Court Championships. Following a first round exit at the Tallahassee Challenger, he reached the semi-finals of the 2011 Sarasota Open. He next lost soundly, however, in the first round of the 2011 Savannah Challenger to Donald Young, 1–6, 2–6. Without any European clay match play, he opened French Open qualifying with a convincing 6–2, 6–2 win over No. 15 seed Lukáš Lacko. He then took out clay-courter Eduardo Schwank in two tie breaks. He qualified with a solid 6–1, 6–3 win over journeyman Victor Crivoi. Despite a favourable draw for the first round Dancevic advanced no further however, falling to Lucky Loser entrant Simone Bolelli in four sets.

Perhaps buoyed by his French Open success, Dancevic opted to enter directly into the main draw of the smaller clay court 2011 Rijeka Open rather than go through qualifying for the year's first grass court tourney, the 2011 Aegon Trophy. He drew top seed Blaž Kavčič, and lost 4–6, 5–7.

Dancevic played well to qualify for the main draw of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, not dropping more than four games in a set over three matches. He began in the same vein in his main draw first round match, against veteran Brazilian Ricardo Mello, winning the first two sets 6–3, 6–3, but failed twice to hold his own serve in a deciding game in the next two sets and then to convert two match points, in a tie break. Mello handily won the deciding set 6–2. This week Dancevic is playing neither Davis Cup nor defending ranking points for a quarter-finals appearance at the Hall of Fame Championships, on grass. Rumour is that his back has been acting up for the past month and he has been advised to take time off. Dancevic qualified for the 2011 US Open, setting a record in men's tennis by becoming the first person to qualify for all 4 majors in one year.[4].

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–2)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. July 29, 2007 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Indianapolis, United States Hard Russia Dmitry Tursunov 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. June 20, 2009 Eastbourne International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Russia Dmitry Tursunov 3–6, 6–7(5–7)

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–1)
Titles by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. October 1, 2007 Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan Hard Australia Stephen Huss Australia Jordan Kerr
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
4–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A Q2 Q3 Q3 2R 1R 1R A 1R A Q1 1R 0 / 5 1–5 17%
French Open A A A A Q1 Q1 1R Q1 A 1R 1R Q3 Q3 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q2 1R 2R 2R 1R Q1 1R A Q2 2R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
US Open A Q2 Q2 Q2 Q2 1R 1R Q1 Q3 1R Q1 2R 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–4 0–1 1–1 1–2 0 / 18 5–18 22%

Davis Cup[edit]

Dancevic in Davis Cup action versus Ecuador, 2009

In Davis Cup, Dancevic has a 15 and 15 win-lose record in 19 ties, going 12–15 in singles play and 3–0 in doubles. He debuted in 2002, when he played a dead rubber in each of the early season ties before losing the opening singles match versus Brazil in World Group qualifying.

In 2004, Dancevic was Davis Cup hero as he defeated Flavio Saretta in the deciding rubber that saw Canada join the World Group for 2005. Unfortunately Canada lost to the Netherlands in the first round and Romania in the play-off to be relegated once more to zonal play for 2005.

Dancevic's effort over Voltchkov was not enough to see Canada through to the World Group for 2006 as the Canadians fell 2–3 to Belarus in their September 2005 World Group play-off tie.

In the 2007 Americas Group I semifinals Dancevic lost a close Round 1 match to Ricardo Mello 6–3, 7–6, 3–6, 3–6, 7–9 as Canada lost the tie, played away in Florianópolis, to Brazil, 1–3. He missed 2008 Davis Cup action due to injury and/or lack of fitness, as the team again lost in the Americas Group I semifinal stage.

Dancevic defeated Giovanni Lapentti in straight sets to level Canada at 1 with Ecuador in a 2009 first-round Americas Zone 1 tie played indoors at the Rexall Centre. He lost the fourth rubber to Nicolás Lapentti 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–7, 6–1 despite having two match points in the fourth set tie-break. Canada went on to lose the tie 2–3.

Dancevic was again named to the Davis Cup team, this time for a September, 2010, in a tie versus the Dominican Republic. The winner to stay in the Americas Group 1 for 2011. Canada won the tie 5–0 as Dancevic partnered Daniel Nestor to a victory in the doubles rubber. He also won a dead singles rubber.

In 2011, Dancevic succumbed to World No. 439 Daniel Garza in five sets despite winning the first two sets 6-2, 6-4, and being up an early break in the third. Thankfully for Canada the surging Milos Raonic, who began the year outside the top one hundred and entered this tie World No. 37, won both his singles rubbers and teamed with Vasek Pospisil in doubles. Canada went on, with Dancevic either electing not to play or not being selected, to win promotion to the World Group for 2012.

In 2012 Dancevic returned to the Davis Cup team. He was a late replacement for Raonic in the third day of opening round World Group play versus France, going down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 4-6, 1-6, as Canada lost the tie, 1 match to 4. In September, he was again selected and won a dead rubber over upcoming player Nikala Scholtz as Canada defeated South Africa to remain in the World Group in 2013.

Dancevic played arguably the best match of his career in defeating Marcel Granollers, ranked 132 places ahead of him, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to help Canada shock a Spanish side missing its top players, three rubbers to two. Frank was a late scratch in the quarter-finals versus Italy due to a swollen knee. Canada prevailed once more, 3-1, and will face Serbia, away, in the semi-finals in September.

Personal[edit]

Dancevic's father is John and mother Doris. His mother is Québécoise, from Rouyn-Noranda,[11] and his father is Serbian who originates from Apatin, Serbia.[12][13] Dancevic has three younger sisters. Monika, born in 1986, completed her NCAA tennis career at the University of Georgia in 2009. She was the NCAA number 35 ranked singles player as a sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2006–07 and has been ranked by the WTA as high as World No. 775.[14] Sonja and Kristina are twins born in 1989.[citation needed]. Frank is married to a Serbian model Nikolina Bojić; in September, 2013 they married in a Serbian Orthodox church in his father`s hometown of Apatin.[15]

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