After an injury-riddled start to the season, Vasek Pospisil is back on the ATP Tour and ready to return to his winning ways. His campaign in Acapulco begins with Alexandr Dolgopolov, who is coming off a marvellous week in Rio de Janeiro, and whom has never faced Pospisil on the professional circuit. The two competitors will look to produce an exciting contest for the Mexican crowd in attendance as they attempt to secure entry to the second round in Acapulco.
Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil has only managed to take part in two tournaments since the start of the 2014 season: Chennai and the Australian Open. His performances at both events were far from terrible, as he reached the semi-final in Chennai, where he was forced to retire midway through his match-up against Stanislas Warinka, and the Australian Open, where he withdrew from his third round contest against Wawrinka once again. Since then, Pospisil has withdrawn from several events on the tour in order to recover from the back injury that has bothered him from the start of the season.
It appears the Canadian is finally nearing 100%, as he is still expected to partake in the Acapulco tournament. His ranking has suffered as a consequence to his withdrawal from events and he will be looking to boost himself back into the ATP Top 25 over the next couple of weeks.
World No. 38 Alexandr Dolgopolov took part in a fantastic week at the inaugural Rio Open last week, where he had a strong showing against Fabio Fognini in the quarter-final round and topped that performance with a straight sets victory over world No. 4 David Ferrer in the semi-finals. He also managed to keep the final against Nadal close and competitive, as he lost 6-3 in the opener, yet recovered splendidly to break back in the second set and force a deciding tiebreak, who he ultimately lost to the world No. 1.
While Dolgopolov will now have to adjust to hard courts once again, he should certainly hold the advantage over Pospisil, who is lacking significant court time so far this season. The Canadian has all the necessary tools to pick up the victory, yet he has clearly been suffering on court since the start of 2014, and it will be hard to pick him to win unless he shows that he has clearly recovered.
Prediction: Alexandr Dolgopolov in Three Sets