Levine and Pospisil advance to second round in Vienna

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It was a good day in Vienna for the North American contingent with Vasek Pospisil and Jesse Levine picking up victories in Vienna . Pospisil served 11 aces in a three set victory against home favourite Andreas Haider-Maurer, coming back from a set down for a 3-6 7-6(3) 6-1 victory. Despite having four break point opportunities, Pospisil found it difficulty in the first two sets on the Austrian’s serve and would need to win a tie break to get back in level terms.

After dropping his serve on the very first point, Pospisil won four points running and was always in control then, eventually taking the tiebreak 7-3. Pospisil would cruise through the final set, losing three points as he rushed into a 4-0 lead. Haider-Maurer held to 30 at 4-0 down to spare the embarrassment of a bagel but would be broken once more to end the match.

Levine meanwhile would see off Lukasz Kubot 6-3 6-4, in a match with an extraordinary amount of breaks. Levine was never behind after breaking for a *2-1 lead in the first, but would make hard work of it, failing to consolidate the double break lead at 4-1. After holding next time round Kubot was broken for the third time to end the set.

Levine would twice fail to hold on to a break lead in the second set but managed to hold to force Kubot to stay in the match. Much like the first set, Kubot will falter under the scoreboard pressure as he was broke to 30 as Levine converted the first match point on offer in the match.

Levine faces Matthew Ebden in the second round while Paolo Lorenzi is next up for Pospisil.

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