Known as one of the most unorthodox players on the Tour, Alexandr Dolgopolov has always been one of the players to watch in the last ten years, bringing drama and excitement to his every match regardless of the rival and surface.
The 30-year-old Ukrainian is the three-time ATP champion 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 had been world no.
13 in 2012, scoring ten top-10 wins and having the opportunity to test his skills against the names like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro and others.
With the all-or-nothing approach, Dolgopolov has always been tough to compete against, taking the ball early and possessing excellent attacking abilities and a slice that could drive the rival crazy, something we had the opportunity to see in that thrilling 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 notable results before a nasty wrist injury crashed those dreams, playing only five tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney, Australian Open, Marrakech and Rome.
After five wins in January, the Ukrainian started to feel more and more pain before a short return on clay, never competing again after a 6-1, 6-3 loss 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 had to wait for 2020 after another surgery this July.
Dolgopolov is hoping for the best after all the setbacks, eager to play pain-free next season and extend the career after the toughest period so far. He has been training with excellent intensity recently, planning to return in January and choosing Doha and the Australian Open as his first stops, entering both events with a protected ranking and seeking a good start and points on his tally as soon as possible.
"I'm getting ready to make a comeback, have been training hard and hoping to kick off the season in Doha," Dolgopolov said. "After that, I should fly to Australia for the Australian Open. So far, everything is going well, I have been training every day and I can play for more than two hours. Therefore, I hope to get back on the court soon."