Shanghai Rolex Masters R2
Union Pay Court 3, Second Match
One of only two matches to feature no seeds, Vasek Pospisil (Player Profile) plays Gael Monfils (Player Profile) in what promises to be an interesting affair between one of the most improved players of the year and the Frenchman. Check out the Pospisil vs Monfils Head to Head.
Pospisil fell out of the top 40 after losing in the first round of Beijing but can move back up with a good tournament as he was a first round loser in a Challenger event this week last year. He showcased his potential with a shock win over Richard Gasquet, not facing a single break point despite only hitting 49% first serve. However, when he got his first serve in he lost only three points and hit 10 aces in the 6-3 6-4 win.
Meanwhile, Monfils defeated Tatsuma Ito in straight sets to make it to the second round. A convincing 6-3 6-2 victory will increase the confidence of Monfils who has suffered back to back defeats to John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his last two tournaments, the latter of which he did not even earn a single break point.
Pospisil and Monfils have met once with Monfils coming out a 6-4 6-4 winner in Davis Cup action last year. However, the improvement from Pospisil is clear to see since then. Now ranked 43, he was outside the top 110 at the time of the defeat.
Prediction: Vasek Pospisil in three sets