Alexandr Dolgopolov showcased his unorthodox style, including his penchant for playing the drop shot, in his run to the 2011 Australian Open quarterfinals, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling along the way. After his Melbourne success, Dolgopolov reached his first ATP final at Costa Do Sauipe, losing to Nicolas Almagro. Dolgopolov captured his first career ATP World Tour title on the red clay of Umag, in July, 2011, defeating defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marin Cilic in succession. In doubles play, Dolgopolov partnered Xavier Malisse to the Indian Wells Masters title with a victory over Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the final. The man nicknamed "Dolgo" finished 2011 with a career-high, year-end rank of No. 15. In August, 2012, Dolgopolov defeated Tommy Haas in three sets to capture his second career title in Washington, DC, and hand Haas his first loss in nine finals staged on American soil. Dolgopolov finished 2012 ranked inside the Top 20 for the second straight year. In February, 2014, Dolgopolov defeated three seeds—Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini and David Ferrer—to reach the Rio final, losing to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.