Canadian tour veteran Frank Dancevic made tennis history in 2011 by becoming the first player to reach the main draw of all four majors through the respective qualifying tournaments at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
And Dancevic continued to flourish as a qualifier Sunday by toppling Russia's Igor Andreev for the singles title at the inaugural Dallas Tennis Classic at the Four Seasons Resort and Club.
Dancevic had to win two qualifying matches just to get into the $125,000 tournament in Las Colinas, but his 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory in the final over Andreev -- who was once ranked as high as No. 18 in the world in 2008 -- earned him a winner's check of $18,000.
It's the sixth career title on the Challenger Tour and first since 2008 for Dancevic, who began the week ranked No. 175 in the world. This tournament, though, featured a much stronger field than most Challengers, boasting eight players from the ATP Tour's top 70 seeking extra match practice between this month's ATP Tour Masters Series events in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami.
Dancevic became a serious contender for the singles crown with a quarterfinal upset of top-seeded Marin Cilic, who's ranked 24th in the world. The back injury that forced former world No. 2 Tommy Haas to pull out of Saturday's semifinals then gave Dancevic an unexpected day of rest that helped keep him fresh for the Andreev match.