Frank Dancevic continued his domination of the Canadian ITF Pro Circuit swing on Saturday, defeating No. 2 seed Sanam Singh of India 6-3, 6-2 at Aviva Centre in Toronto to clinch the $15,000 Tevlin Futures title and his third consecutive tournament.
The match started off shaky for both players, as each was broken in his first service game. But top-seeded Dancevic soon took control and didn’t let up. The 30-year-old went up 4-1 and held on to take the first set. The result never looked in doubt from them on, as he clinched his 15th consecutive victory following trophies the past two weeks in Calgary and Donalda Club in Toronto.
“I’m pretty sure this is a record for me, the most matches I’ve ever won in a row on the pro circuit,” Dancevic said. “I’ve won 10 in a row before, but 15 in a row is a personal accomplishment for me.”
“To win three events in a row is really special for me right now and I’m really happy about it. Hopefully it’ll give me a kick start to the rest of the year.”
Dancevic now has won 13 titles on the professional circuit throughout his career, three of them coming from the last three weeks. Prior to this stretch of tournaments, Dancevic hadn’t advanced past the second round of an event since the Drummondville Challenger in March. He credits his decision to play the Futures circuit with getting him back on track.
“I always love playing at home whether it’s a Futures event or Davis Cup or Rogers Cup,” he said. “I always feel great playing in Canada, and I’ve had a rough year this year. I felt like I’ve lost a lot of close matches, I was struggling with my confidence, struggling to get my game back. So I thought it was a good move to take a step back, play some smaller events at home and just regain some confidence in my game. I think I’ve really done that the last couple weeks.”
Dancevic is currently ranked world No. 249 and should climb higher after his Tevlin Futures triumph. After starting the season at No. 149, he had fallen as low as world No. 277 before playing the Calgary Futures at the end of August. His career-high is No. 65 back in 2007.
A longtime member of Canada’s Davis Cup team, Dancevic will be going for his fourth straight title next week at the $15K Mayfair Futures at Mayfair Parkway in Markham, Ont. before planning to play Challenger events for the rest of the year. He will open his tournament in Markham on Wednesday.
“To regain confidence in my game, that’s why I came here,” he said. “My objective was just to win a few matches. It ended up being great for both my confidence and my ranking. I am feeling really good about my game right now and looking forward to playing next week as well.”
For the complete final results and draws from the $15,000 Tevlin Futures at Aviva Centre in Toronto, please visit the ITF website.