(ISN) – Montreal, August 28, 2014 – Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) earned direct entry
into a Grand Slam main draw for the first time this year and went up against no. 32
seed Joao Sousa of Portugal on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Open.
It was the first meeting between the two players. Dancevic and Sousa were even
throughout the first set until the tiebreak. Dancevic took a 6-1 lead in the
breaker, but saw his opponent come all the way back to take a one set lead. The two
players continued to battle and trailing two sets to one, Dancevic managed to force
a fifth set. The 29-year-old Canadian went down a break in the decisive fifth, but
he fought back again to level the score and force a tiebreak which Sousa ultimately
won to post a 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) win after more than three hours of play.
The final two Canadians remaining in U.S. Open singles, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmont,
QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), will play their second round matches on
Thursday. Bouchard will face Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and Raonic will take on Peter
Gojowczyk of Germany.