Canada’s Frank Dancevic made it all the way to the main draw of the French Open only to see his campaign end in half an hour. Injury put paid to the world number 120’s efforts at pulling off a memorable upset in the French Open. Al Dannity looks back at Dancevic’s disappointment and provides an update on Milos Raonic.
A sad ending A possible withdrawal with injury was always on the cards for Frank Dancevic. Having not hit a ball in anger since injuring himself last month the prospect of returning to top level play at a Grand Slam always proved daunting. Dancevic had only played three matches at ATP Tour level events in 2012 prior to today, with the rest of his matches coming on the Challenger circuit. The step up combined with lingering issues made his task against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan all the more daunting.
Klizan raced into a 4-0 lead in the first set and that was all Dancevic needed to endure before opting to retire. “I was petrified out there, I didn’t know what would happen. I started feeling twinges even during the warm-up and it only got worse during the match,” said Dancevic. “I didn’t want to mess up my whole summer, it was just not worth it for me.”
The early exit meant Dancevic failed in his third attempt to get past the opening round in Paris. The Niagara Falls native has now lost in the first round in his last eight appearances at the main draw in grand slams, a run dating back to 2008.
Go time for Raonic Milos Raonic appeared in complete control of his first round match at the time of publication. The Thornhill, Ont. player is seed #19 for the French Open and proved why at the start of his battle with Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. Raonic took the first two sets 6-4 6-2 and looks on course for a straight sets win, having already broken Hidalgo in the third set. Should Raonic progress he can expect a step up from his Court 17 assignment today. There will be a matter of national pride at stake in round two where Jesse Levine awaits the winner. Levine represents the United States but was born in Ottawa, while Montenegran-born Raonic represents Canada. There will be no questions as to who Canadian fans root for in this prospective match-up as Raonic looks to stay on course for a clash with Rafael Nadal.
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