He’s back – and he’s back to his best.

Vasek Pospisil advanced to the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier today after home-favourite Richard Gasquet was forced to retire mid-match at 6-1, 1-0 due to injury.

The 29-year-old Canadian has blitzed through his draw this week, including an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win over compatriot Denis Shapovalov in the second round. Using his protected ranking to enter this week’s tournament following back surgery that took its toll on his ranking last year, Pospisil is yet to drop a set and blasted 14 aces in just 31 minutes of play against Gasquet today.

It’s Pospisil’s first semi-final appearance at the ATP Tour level since 2015, where he reached the final four at the former Valencia Open. He’ll face either Pierre-Hugues Herbert or David Goffin for a place in the final.

(Feature photo: Open Sud de France)