Canada’s Pospisil ad­vances to Wim­ble­don quar­ter-fi­nals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Un­seeded Cana­dian Vasek Pospisil ral­lied for a five-set vic­tory over Vik­tor Troicki on Mon­day to reach the Wim­ble­don sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nals for the first time in his ca­reer.

Pospisil needed two hours 39 min­utes to com­plete the 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over the No. 22 seed from Ser­bia. The 25-yearold from Van­cou­ver will play Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray in the next round. Mur­ray needed just over three hours to de­feat Croa­tia’s Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Later Mon­day, Pospisil and Amer­i­can part­ner Jack Sock — the de­fend­ing men’s dou­bles cham­pi­ons — lost their thir­dround match against Aus­tralia’s John Peers and Bri­tain’s Jamie Mur­ray. It was another marathon for Pospisil, as he and Sock came back from two sets down be­fore los­ing 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-7(5), 3-6, 8-6 in a match that lasted three hours 19 min­utes.

Andy 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.

Pospisil, the world No. 56, had never pre­vi­ously been past the sec­ond round in sin­gles play at the All Eng­land Club. His pre­vi­ous best sin­gles show­ing at a Grand Slam event was a thir­dround ap­pear­ance at the Aus­tralian Open (2014, 2015).

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