Without any doubt, it can be said that the Vernon native Vasek Pospisil has made a positive impact on the ATP Tour. In fact, 2013 has turned out be a breakthrough season for him as not only he reached his maiden Masters-1000 semifinal in front of his home fans in Montreal in August, but also accomplished his career high ranking of 32 by making it through to the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel last week.
In Switzerland, the rising star impressed a lot of people with his acts. Particularly, his display against the 17 times Grand Slam champ Roger Federer in the last 4 came in for high praise from the pundits as he remained calm and stayed focused when the Swiss was firing in all cylinders. That’s why Pospisil in denying him the chance to claim a straight forward win as he fought really hard and took the match to a decider. However, in the third set, the former World No.1 held his nerves as Pospisil dropped his serve and with that suffered a tough loss to him.
Still, that performance would have surely given him the boost which would inspire him to keep up with the good. On the other hand, his rival Pablo Andujar must be thanking his gods as he was given an opportunity to compete in the first round in Bercy. The World No.52 only entered the fray because Pospisil’s original competitor Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering an injury during practice on Monday.
Andujar is a player who has never liked playing on the hard courts as he is more of a grinder – someone who relies on extracting a lot of errors from his opponents by breaking them down in the long drawn out rallies. But, versus Pospisil he will hardly get any time for constructing lengthy exchanges as Vasek believes in finishing off the points quite quickly.
This would be the first meeting between the two players with Pospisil heading into the match as the overwhelming favorite as the pace of the courts in Paris will suit his style of play. Additionally, his aggressive approach will help him in holding his serve with the utmost ease, while his competitor Pablo could have a hard time in that department.