Cana­dian feel­ing con­fi­dent

Pospisil to face 2013 cham­pion Mur­ray in Wim­ble­don quar­ter-fi­nals

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Play­ing on Cen­tre Court against a for­mer Wim­ble­don cham­pion and lo­cal favourite doesn’t in­tim­i­date Vasek Pospisil.

He’s been there be­fore and has his own ti­tle to show for it.

The 56th seed from Van­cou­ver won the men’s dou­bles ti­tle with Amer­i­can Jack Sock last year, so squar­ing off against 2013 cham­pion Andy Mur­ray in Wed­nes­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal on the big­gest stage at the All Eng­land Club isn’t daunt­ing.

“I had one Cen­tre Court ex­pe­ri­ence, and it was a great one,” he said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing out there again and giv­ing it my best for sure.”

Pospisil was con­cen­trat­ing on re­cov­ery Tues­day, a day af­ter spend­ing six hours on the court in a fourth-round sin­gles win over Vik­tor Troicki and a thir­dround dou­bles loss with Sock. Both matches went five sets, which has been the Wim­ble­don pat­tern for Pospisil. He has fin­ished only one match in less than five sets.

“Ob­vi­ously I played a lot of ten­nis, but one day of re­cov­ery is a lot,” said Pospisil. “I’ll do a lot of re­cov­ery and stuff. Then come out strong on Wed­nes­day.”

The third-seeded Mur­ray has been play­ing well for his home fans. The Scot pulled off a fourset de­feat of Croa­t­ian serv­ing gi­ant Ivo Karlovic in the fourth round.

Pospisil hasn’t beat Mur­ray in three ca­reer tries.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough one, he’s had a great re­sults here over the years,” said Pospisil. “He’s one of the big four, as they say.

“But I’m serv­ing well, I’m play­ing well. I know I’ll have my hands full and I have to go out there and play to the best of my abil­i­ties. And that’s what I plan on do­ing.”

The two have never met on grass be­fore and Mur­ray is not tak­ing him lightly.

“He’s had a good run here,” said Mur­ray. “He won the dou­bles last year and he can play well on the sur­face. He’s also played a lot of ten­nis here, which, is a pos­i­tive for him in some ways. But also maybe he’s a lit­tle bit fa­tigued. I won’t bank on that be­ing the case, but if it is, then I’ll try to use that to my ad­van­tage.”

Pospisil said he has be­come bat­tle-hard­ened in front of par­ti­san Bri­tish fans af­ter beat­ing Mur­ray’s Davis Cup team­mate James Ward in a five-set, thir­dround marathon.

“It doesn’t re­ally faze me too much play­ing in front of crowds that are against me,” he said. “I like play­ing in front of big crowds in gen­eral. Doesn’t mat­ter if they are against me or cheer­ing for me. Ob­vi­ously I’d pre­fer they are on my side, but, I tend to play well in those kind of sit­u­a­tions. So I’m not wor­ried about that, re­ally.”

Pospisil is the lone Cana­dian left in the sin­gles draw af­ter Eu­ge­nie Bouchard lost in the first round and Mi­los Raonic went down in the third. Daniel Nestor of Toronto is still play­ing in mixed dou­bles.

AP PHOTO

Vasek Pospisil re­turns a shot to Vik­tor Troicki dur­ing their sin­gles match at Wim­ble­don on Mon­day.

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