It was a fantastic Friday for Vasek Pospisil, who booked his spot in the semifinals of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open with a determined 6-7 (6), 7-6 (11), 6-3 victory over Lloyd Harris. Pospisil recorded nine aces in the contest as he dispatched the world No. 145 .
The Burnaby, B.C. native rebounded after dropping the first set to set up Saturday’s semi against British qualifier Dan Evans. The pair have met twice before; the first in 2013 at the final of this same event.
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Pospisil captured the crown with a 6-0, 1-6, 7-5 victory five years ago. In 2017, the two met again in the first round of Davis Cup World Group Action, in which Pospisil was also victorious.
The third encounter will be played out on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT.
On the other side of the draw, Gregoire Barrere of France takes on Australian fourth seed Jason Kubler for a chance to hoist the ATP Challenger trophy.
Also on Friday, both Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino saw their campaigns in Vancouver come to a disappointing close. After defeating the tournament top-seed, Kateryna Kozlova on Thursday, Bouchard fell in a 6-3, 1-6, 3-6 loss to Nao Hibino of Japan in the quarterfinals.
Despite the hometown support, Vancouver native Marino also was defeated in Friday’s quarter-finals. She was ousted qualifier Martina Trevisan of Italy in 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (3).