With a week to go before the beginning of the Australian Open, a wide variety of top ATP players are taking part in the final warm-up event ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam tournament including Juan Martin del Potro, Jerzy Janowicz, Andreas Seppi and rising Canadian talent Vasek Pospisil, who will begin his run at the Apia International Sydney tomorrow afternoon against American No. 2 Sam Querrey. The two athletes have only met on one occasion, the 2012 Wimbledon championships, where Querrey was victorious in four sets.
Canadian no. 2 Vasek Pospisil took part in a breakthrough season in 2013 and managed to keep the momentum going in his first tournament of the new season, but eventually was forced to retire in his semi-final match against Stanislas Wawrinka due to a back injury. While the ending may not have been what he expected, he reached a career-high of no. 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and will now be seeded in the Australian Open for the first time in his young career. If his back does not cause him more difficulty, he should be a force to reckon with in the early stages of the tournament.
World no. 46 Sam Querrey defeated Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets at the Brisbane International tournament before losing to local player Marinko Matosevic 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4. After a lackluster 2013 season on the tour, Querrey revealed that he took some much needed time away from the sport in the off-season to freshen his mind and motivate himself back into his competitive nature, which he was visible in his two outings in Brisbane.
The biggest factor heading into tomorrow’s match is whether Pospisil is fit to play a competitive match following his withdrawal last Saturday. Both players rely heavily on their serves and forehand and if Pospisil is unable to move comfortably, that will likely hinder his ability to perform consistently. If this is the case then Querrey will likely leave victorious. Yet, if the injury does not factor into the match, then the Canadian will be the definite favourite to win the match. Assuming he will be cautious in the early going, Pospisil should manage to snatch the victory in three sets.
Prediction: Vasek Pospisil in Three Sets