Fa­tigue catches up with Pospisil

Cana­dian drops men’s quar­ter-fi­nal match to Andy Mur­ray at Wim­ble­don

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY BILL SCOTT

Van­cou­ver’s Vasek Pospisil sim­ply played too much at Wim­ble­don.

Pospisil lost to Andy Mur­ray in three sets of their quar­ter-fi­nal match on a wet Wed­nes­day, with the Cana­dian go­ing out 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 af­ter an ex­haust­ing 10 days of grass-court ten­nis.

“I played a lot of ten­nis, how much that af­fected the match is hard to say,” said Pospisil. “But I def­i­nitely started feel­ing a lit­tle bit heavy, es­pe­cially that third set.

“I played, I don’t know, 31 sets in seven days or some­thing like that. Then you’re go­ing to play Andy, who plays long ral­lies. Ob­vi­ously I would have liked to have been more fresh, but it’s still been a great week, just the be­gin­ning.”

Pospisil, stretched to five sets in three of his five sin­gles matches, be­gan feel­ing his legs against Mur­ray. Pospisil and Amer­i­can part­ner Jack Sock were de­feated last week as they de­fended their 2014 dou­bles ti­tle, only adding to Pospisil’s work­load.

The Cen­tre Court con­test against third seed Mur­ray be­gan with the roof open but af­ter a sec­ond rain in­ter­rup­tion, con­cluded af­ter two hours 11 min­utes with the translu­cent struc­ture closed

Pospisil had hoped to join Robert Pow­ell (1908 Wim­ble­don) and Mi­los Raonic (2014 Wim­ble­don) as the only Cana­dian men to make a Grand Slam fi­nal four. He was dis­mayed af­ter be­ing warned in mid-serve on a time vi­o­la­tion, late in the sec­onds set as he dropped serve 56.

A nag­ging in­jury also both­ered Pospisil, who said he needs to get a scan on an un­de­fined prob­lem in his right hand which he has been feel­ing for a few days. But he im­me­di­ately said he did not ex­pect it to keep him from play­ing for Canada against Bel­gium in the Davis Cup next week­end.

“I’m not ex­pect­ing it to be any­thing se­ri­ous,” said Pospisil. “The plan right now is 100 per cent to go play, un­less the get show some­thing I’m not ex­pect­ing it to show. It’s just a pre­cau­tion­ary MRI, so I’ll see.”

Pospisil ended with nine aces but only one break point chance, which Mur­ray saved. Pospisil fired 34 win­ners in his los­ing ef­fort.

The 56th-ranked Pospisil suf­fered his fourth loss in less than a year to Mur­ray as the pair met on grass for the first time.

Pospisil and his seeded op­po­nent had to put up with a 35minute weather in­ter­rup­tion with Mur­ray lead­ing 3-1 in the first set and again left the court with Pospisil up 4-3 in the sec­ond set. At that point, the roof was closed to al­low play to con­clude.

Mur­ray prof­ited from a break for 6-5 in a game where Pospisil was warned for tak­ing more than 20 sec­onds be­tween points. Mur­ray took a 2-0 lead on sets a game later when Pospisil net­ted a ser­vice re­turn.

Mur­ray earned the de­cid­ing third-set break in the ninth game as he easily re­turned a cross-court win­ner off of a Pospisil shot from the back of the court.

The 2013 Wim­ble­don cham­pion served out the vic­tory a game later to end Pospisil’s tour­na­ment on a sec­ond match point with a cross-court win­ner.

“Ob­vi­ously I would have liked to have been more fresh, but it’s still been a great week, just the be­gin­ning.” Vasek Pospisil

AP PHOTO

Vasek Pospisil of Canada wipes his face dur­ing the men’s quar­ter-fi­nal sin­gles match against Andy Mur­ray of Bri­tain at the All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships at Wim­ble­don in Lon­don on Wed­nes­day.

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