Pospisil Sets All-Canadian Clash With Raonic In Antwerp
Vasek Pospisil set up a second-round showdown with fellow Canadian Milos Raonic at the European Open after a confident 6-3, 7-5 win over Argentine Leonardo Mayer Monday in Antwerp. Pospisil, 28, fired 10 aces and dropped just 10 points in 11 service games, winning an impressive 82 percent of points on his first and second serve.
Despite spotting his opponent 17 years in age, left-handed Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez had the measure of 20-year-old #NextGenATP American Frances Tiafoe, winning 6-4, 7-6(5) after hitting 18 aces. Lopez did not concede a break point chance. He converted just one of seven opportunities on Tiafoe’s serve en route to the second round, where he awaits the winner of German Jan-Lennard Struff and French lucky loser Constant Lestienne.
American Mackenzie McDonald, who took out Raonic in the Shanghai first round last week, defeated Chilean Nicolas Jarry 6-1, 7-6(8). And in the only other main-draw match Monday, Jiri Vesely saved the lone break point he faced against #NextGenATP Spaniard Jaume Munar. The Czech next faces fourth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Did You Know?
Pospisil needs just two more match wins to reach 100 career victories.