Alexandr Dolgopolov is currently the top-ranked tennis player in the Ukraine. Born on November 7, 1988, Dolgopolov started playing tennis at the age of three with the coaching of his father, who was himself a former tennis player. Dolgopolov debuted in the ATP in 2006 at the BCR Open in Romania, where he lost to Cristophe Rochus.
He started 2010 by competing at the Brisbane International, where he defeated Bernard Tomic in the main draw before lost to Andy Roddic. He also competed in the 2010 Australian Open, losing in the first round to Simon Stadler in the third set. Dolgopolov qualified for the Monte Carlo Masters after defeating Santiago Ventura and Mischa Zverev. However, he was defeated by Julian Benneteau in the first round. Undaunted, he went on to compete at the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, beating Andreas Seppi in the first round before losing to the eventual winner Rafael Nadal.
The 22 year-old began 2011 ranked at world number 48 and played his first event in Brisbane before competing in Sydney where he reached the QF. He also competed in the Australian Open where he defeated world number 13 Tsonga in five sets in the third round and Soderling in five sets in the next round before losing to Andy Murray in the QF. He rose to another career-high ranking of no. 32. Dolgopolov reached his first world tour final in the ATP at Costa do Sauipe, where he lost to Almagro. By February, the Ukrainian player had risen to world number 29 in the rankings.