ATP Shanghai Masters 1R: Richard Gasquet vs Vasek Pospisil Preview

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One of the more intriguing match-up taking place Tuesday afternoon is the first round Shanghai Masters encounter between Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil (Player Profile) and World No. 10 Richard Gasquet (Player Profile). The two take stage on centre court tomorrow for the first time in their professional careers.

Following an inspiring US Open run, that saw him defeat Dmitry Tursunov, Milos Raonic and David Ferrer to make his second career Grand Slam semifinal. He lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal but has followed up with consistent play in both the Bangkok and Beijing tournaments. The Frenchman reached the semifinals in both tournaments, where he lost to Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic respectively. He is 33-10 on hard courts this season and 11-7 in Masters 1000 tournaments and is still in the running for a spot in the World Tour Finals in November.

Vasek Pospisil is enjoying a breakthrough season in 2013 that saw him reach the semifinals of the Rogers Cup, and rise from No. 128 in January to a career-high of No. 39 after the Rogers Cup. The Canadian No. 2 followed up his successful US Open Series run with an outstanding doubles performance in the Davis Cup semifinals with partner Daniel Nestor. He has since suffered a drop in focus as he would lose 5 out of his next 6 singles matches heading into the Shanghai Masters. The 22-year-old will be looking to string together a few strong wins and continue his gradual rise in the top 50. He is 10-9 on hard courts and 5-3 in Masters 1000 tournaments.

This marks the first meeting between these two entertaining competitors. The clash of styles makes for a great match-up, with explains its positioning on the day’s schedule and the reason why it was placed on Centre Court. It is vital for Gasquet to perform at his best to topple the young Canadian and attempt to secure a place in the Barclays World Tour Final.

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