Pospisil looking forward to rest
Canadian wins singles match to advance to quarter-finals but loses in doubles play at Wimbledon
After 10 sets of tennis, a pair of marathon rallies from two sets down and a spirited rant against an opponent, Vasek Pospisil is looking forward to a day off.
The Vancouver player was on the court for almost six hours Monday as he continued his impressive run at Wimbledon. Hours after coming back from two sets down to beat Viktor Troicki in the fourth round of the men’s singles, Pospisil and doubles teammate Jack Sock staged another two-set comeback before ultimately falling to Australia’s John Peers and Britain’s Jamie Murray.
“It was a long day, for sure,” Pospisil offered as an understatement to kick off his press confer- ence after the doubles loss. “Pretty tired right now, but I have a day off tomorrow, so that’s good.”
He will need all the rest he can get, as his quarter-final opponent on Wednesday is No. 3 seed and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
The Scotsman is bound to have a loud cheering section at the All England Club.
“Obviously I played a lot of tennis, but one day recovery is a lot,” Pospisil said. “So I can sleep well tonight. Just have a full day of rest tomorrow. Do a lot of recovery ... then come out strong on Wednesday and take it to him.”
The unseeded Canadian advanced to the men’s quarter-finals after a 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Troicki, the No. 22 seed from Serbia.
The match took two hours 39 minutes, and that wasn’t even his longest of the day.
“It was tough. I didn’t have the start I wanted to have, and then ... I got unlucky a little bit in the (second set) tiebreaker there,” Pospisil said. “I made a couple of good adjustments on my return games. And even being down two sets, it didn’t faze me. I feel I’m pretty tough that way. Even if I’m down, I’m always finding ways to come back.”
Murray has beaten Pospisil in hard-surface tournaments at Rotterdam and Indian Wells this season, but said he is expecting a tougher challenge from Pospisil on grass.
Murray said he hopes Pospisil’s fatigue comes into play.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil returns a shots Monday at Wimbledon.