It took Vasek Pospisil just over 50 minutes to bring down France’s Jeremy Chardy after a hard-fought first set, but it turns out that’s all the time the 26-year-old Canadian needed to advance to the second round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
Pospisil pocketed the first set 7-6(3), before his French opponent retired due to injury. The Vancouver resident fired off six aces in the win to join four other Canadians in the second round. Pospisil’s victory puts him up against another Frenchman in Gael Monfils on Tuesday night. Monfils leads the head-to-head 2-0 with the last meeting between the two coming in 2013 at the Shanghai Masters.
“A win is a win. [I] obviously played a good first set at the end there. Unfortunately for me I had to stop but I will try to take confidence out of that first set,” Pospisil said of Tuesday night’s victory in the post-match press conference, before looking forward to his upcoming opponent.
“[Monfils] obviously has a lot of matches under his belt, which is good, but I have the crowd support this week, so I will try to use that and try to take as much confidence as I can from tonight’s match, and, yeah, go out there with nothing to lose.”
Philip Bester and Adil Shamasdin also advanced when they took down Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic on Tuesday in front of packed house at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. The Canadians treated the home crowd to a show as they defeated the Serbians 7-5, 4-6, 10-2 on Toronto’s Grandstand Court.
The win sees Bester, whose run in qualifying action ended in the final round on Sunday, survive on the doubles side. Doubles specialist Shamasdin, ranked world No. 72, and Bester advance into the second round of the draw with their huge victory. Up next for the Canadian team are No. 7 seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and American Rajeev Ram. The talented tandem are 16-14 on the season and received a first-round bye ahead of their match-up with Bester and Shamasdin.
Out on Court 1, rising Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime fell to Bernard Tomic and Victor Troicki 6-4, 6-3. The team of Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime were last year’s doubles champions at the Junior US Open and finished runners-up at Wimbledon this year.