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Pospisil aces his way into Ricoh Open quarter-finals

Jun 15, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

It’s a ninth straight win for Vasek Pospisil who is moving on in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Pospisil defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(2), 4-2 ret. to make the Ricoh Open quarter-finals. It is his first ATP level quarter-final of the season.

The first set did not see any breaks of serve until the latter stages. Dolgopolov broke Pospisil to serve for the set but was broken right back. Pospisil cruised from that point on to take the opening set. It was more of the same heading into the second set, until Dolgopolov retired with injury. Pospisil only dropped four points on serve through the final six games.

Pospisil served up 14 aces and maintained a 61% first serve percentage in the 81 minute match. He won 78% of his first service points and exactly half on his second serve. He saved 5/6 break points while breaking Dolgopolov twice.

Pospisil has only dropped one set in his last nine matches – that coming in his first round qualifying match in s’Hertogenbosch. He claimed the Busan Open Challenger title without dropping a set and remains golden in main draw action on the grass.

He now plays no. 1 seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. It will be the pair’s first meeting. Both men are former Wimbledon quarter-finalists.

In doubles action, Daniel Nestor and Adil Shamasdin lost their respective quarter-final matches.

Nestor and partner Fabrice Martin contested in another tight match. Despite winning 93% of first service points and 75% on the second serve, they lost out to Australian duo John Peers and Jordan Thompson 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 13-11 in one hour, 51 minutes. Neither team had a look at a break opportunity in the match.

Shamasdin and partner Santiago Gonzalez fell short to no. 1 seed Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-2 in 47 minutes.