Pospisil look­ing for­ward to rest

Cana­dian wins sin­gles match to ad­vance to quar­ter-fi­nals but loses in dou­bles play at Wim­ble­don

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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.

AP PHOTO

Cana­dian Vasek Pospisil re­turns a shots Mon­day at Wim­ble­don.

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