Frank Dancevic kept hopes alive that a Canadian will be crowned champion of the Drummondville National Bank Challenger after reaching the quarter-finals on Thursday. Sancitoned by the ATP, the tournament offers $50,000 in prize money and will be played from March 14-22, 2015 at Tennis intérieur René-Verrier in Drummondville.
Dancevic went the distance against lucky loser Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa before prevailing 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(8) after more than two hours of play. The tournament’s seventh seed hit 13 aces in the match compared to nine by his opponent. He also lost serve only once. Dancevic advances to his first quarter-final of the season awaits the winner of the match between Italy’s Matteo Donati and fourth-seeded Slovakian Norbert Gombos. Dancevic has enjoyed considerable success on Quebec soil in his career. The 30-year-old has been crowned champion of the Granby National Bank Challenger on three different occasions in 2003, 2006, and 2013. His quarter-final match is scheduled for Friday.
On Thursday, top-seeded Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and second-seeded German Andreas Bexk will attempt to join Dancevic in the final eight.