Canadian No. 2 Vasek Pospisil (Player Profile) shocked ninth seeded Richard Gasquet (Player Profile) in the opening round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters earlier today. It was the first encounter between the two talented competitors and turned into an surprising match with shocking results as the 23-year-old breezed past the Frenchman 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round.
Pospisil remained aggressive throughout the match as he hit 10 aces and 16 winners to secure his comfortable win. The Canadian simply overpowered the higher-ranked Gasquet and offered no easy chances for the Frenchman to recover.
“The key was to stay aggressive the whole time, even in the big moments, going for my shots,” Pospisil said. “It’s a huge win for me.”
The Canadian No. 2 is enjoying a breakthrough season in 2013 that saw him reach the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup, and rise from No. 128 in January to a career-high of No. 39 following the Canadian tournament. 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.Heading into the Shanghai Masters, the Canadian had suffered a drop in focus as he lost 5 out of his next 6 singles matches. Now it appears Pospisil is motivated and confident in his ability to make another deep run in a Masters 1000 tournament. If he gets past his second round match-up in Gael Monfis, then he could likely set-up a dream encounter with former World No.1 Roger Federer.
The removal of No. 10 Richard Gasquet opens up the path for Milos Raonic to potentially qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Final. Considering Murray’s expected absence from the year-end championships, there is a large possibility that the Canadian will grace the line-up at the tournament in November.