Frank Dancevic advances after upset win over hard-hitting Croatian
Canada's Frank Dancevic earned a first-round upset win over Croatia's Ivo Karlovic on Tuesday. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters/Files)
Frank Dancevic did not let his second chance at the Wimbledon main draw go to waste.
The 29-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., who lost in qualifying but was one of four lucky losers who entered the tournament after other players withdrew, delivered a huge upset Tuesday against No. 29 seed Ivo Karlovic.
Dancevic, ranked 107th in the world, beat the hard-hitting Croatian 6-4, 7-5 (5), 7-4 (4) and advanced to the second round at the All England Club in London.
For eighth-seeded Milos Raonic, it was business as usual. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., earned a victory against Australia’s Matthew Ebden in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Raonic's next opponent is Jack Sock of the U.S. and Dancevic plays Mikhail Kukushkin of Khazakstan.
On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard dispatched Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.
The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., faces Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain in the next round.
Sharon Fichman suffered Canada’s only loss Tuesday. The 23-year-old from Toronto bowed out 6-1, 6-3 to Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinsky.
Fichman’s time in London, however, is not over yet. She’s one of four Canadians in action Wednesday as doubles competition gets underway.
Daniel Nestor or Toronto and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic take on Italian duo Paolo Lorenzi and Andreas Seppi. Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Polish mate Alicja Rosolska take on Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands. Bouchard and British partner Heather Watson take on Aussie pair Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. Fichman and Croatian partner Donna Vekic take on Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.