Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil (Player Bio) picked up a big win in his opening round match in Vienna as he defeated former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt (Player Bio) in straight sets to make the second round of the tournament. It was tight and competitive match for its majority and was an opportunity for Pospisil to show the vast improvements in his game since their last encounter a year earlier.
The World No. 40 battled through a tough opening set that saw the two competitors hold serve until a tiebreak, where Pospisil had to save two set points to steal the set. He followed up by snatching the match’s only break in the second set to secure a 7-6, 6-4 victory over the former Wimbledon and US Open champion. It was an important win for the rising prospect as he had lost to the Australian 6-1, 6-1 in Newport in 2012.
“It’s very special for me to beat a former No. 1,” said the 23-year-old Pospisil. “I’ve come a long way since. I started working with another coach and I’ve put in a lot of hard work.”
The Canadian has had a fantastic breakthrough season in 2013 after a particularly strong pre-US Open run in Montreal and impressive performances in the Davis Cup semifinal tie against Serbia, where he won the doubles rubber with partner Daniel Nestor. Over the past three months, Pospisil has jumped 63 places in the ATP rankings to reach a career-high of No. 40 and finish within the top 50 for the first time in his young career.
The Canadian will face Robin Haase in the second round of the Erste Open in Vienna after he defeated qualifier Bozoljac 5-7,6-2,6-2.