Roger Federer may have had a disappointing conclusion to his Rogers Cup campaign last week in Toronto but that does not take away from his momentum heading into the Western & Southern Open, where he will be searching for his sixth crown at this particular Masters 1000 event. The world No. 3 will first meet Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the second round, which will mark their third meeting overall on the ATP Tour. Federer leads the Head to Head with an unblemished 2-0 record.
While Roger Federer fought valiantly all week in Toronto and earned hard fought wins over Marin Cilic, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, he ultimately could not find a way to thwart an inspired Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, losing 7-5, 7-6. While Federer is satisfied with his kick-off to the US Open Series, he is also disappointed by the way the scheduling of his matches negatively impacted his final match of the week.
“I’m pretty happy that I made the finals in my first tournament back on hard courts. Had a few tough matches which clearly gave me a lot of information. I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks, which is good to know what I need to do other than feeling lost. I wish I could have played better in the finals today, but I think the facts were that it was tough for me. Jo did come with all the day sessions into the finals, I didn’t.”
One of the more disappointing opening round matches in Toronto was between the Canadian No. 2 and France’s Richard Gasquet. Pospisil was coming off a win against Gasquet in the semi-final in Washington, which helped set up the first all-Canadian final in Open Era history. Sadly though, he could not replicate that strong performance against the Frenchman and lost in straight sets. He has since rebounded with a three-set victory over Radek Stepanek to set up another encounter with the Grand Slam great.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the prrofessional tour, with Pospisil yet to get his first win over the world No. 3. The Canadian did manage to take a set off Federer in their last meeting but that was the 2013 Federer who was a shade of his usual self. This meeting should be a lot more straightforward, but considering Federer was not impressed with the faster conditions, I would not be surprised if Pospisil somehow manages to force a third set.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets