LAS COLINAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Frank Dancevic, ranked 175th in the world, began the week just trying to qualify for the inaugural ATP Challenger Tour Dallas Tennis Classic. He finished the week winning the whole thing.
Battling swirling winds gusting up to 35 miles an hour at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving, Dancevic rode a powerful serve to 13 aces en route to a 7-6, 6-3 win over Russian Igor Andreev to win his first Challenger Tour event since 2008.
A 27-year old Canadian from Niagara Falls, Dancevic saved 10 of 11 break points as he relied on a serve that reached 131 miles an hour to win key points at critical times of the match.
Dancevic, who last year became the first player in one calendar year ever to emerge out of qualifying matches to play in all four Grand Slam events, departed the Dallas Tennis Classic with a first place check of $18,000. He begins qualifying for the next ATP Masters tournament in Miami tomorrow night.
Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of Huntington Beach, California, the top seeded team in the tournament, won the doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Bobby Reynolds of Acworth, Georgia and Michael Russell of Houston.