Known as one of the most unorthodox players on the Tour, Alexandr Dolgopolov has always been one of the lower-ranked players to watch, bringing drama and excitement to his every match, regardless of the surface. The 30-year-old Ukrainian is the three-time ATP title winner from nine finals and the quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in 2011, competing at only his fourth Major event in a career!
With almost 90 Grand Slam and Masters 1000 victories combined, Dolgopolov was world no. 13 in 2012, scoring ten top-10 wins and having the opportunity to play against the names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and others.
With all-or-nothing shots, Dolgopolov has always been tough to compete against, taking the ball early and possessing excellent attacking skills and a slice that could drive the rival crazy, something we had the opportunity to see in that crazy clash against Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open in 2012.
Starting 2018 season from inside the top-40, Alexandr was ready for another constant year and some noticeable results although those dreams had crashed due to a nasty right wrist injury, playing only five tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney, Australian Open, Marrakech and Rome.
After five wins in January, the Ukrainian had started to feel more and more pain before a short return on clay, never playing again after losing 6-1, 6-3 to Novak Djokovic in Rome. In August, Alexandr was forced to undergo a right wrist injury, staying away from the court ever since and working on a comeback that will have to wait for 2020 after another surgery a few days ago.
Dolgopolov is hoping for the best after the latest setback, eager to play pain-free next season and extend the career after the toughest period so far.