On Monday night, in the all-Canadian showdown at STADE IGA, Peter Polansky of North York, Ontario caused a surprise upset when he defeated Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, British Columbia (7-5, 6-2).
Strong out of the gate, Pospisil had forged a 5-2 lead before the rains came. Broken two consecutive times, the world no.75 sacrificed the first set and barely resisted in the next, losing his attack game, confidence and serve. The second set was a carefully orchestrated dismantling by his opponent.
Polansky has indeed had an exceptional summer. He played in three consecutive Challenger finals in Winnipeg, Gatineau and Granby and saw his ranking rise to world no.116. His consistency and steady calm were the keys to his domination. The 29-year-old Ontarian now faces Roger Federer in the second round.
Another Canadian was on the court this evening: Brayden Schnur of Toronto gave world no.29 Richard Gasquet of France a bit of a scare before falling in three sets (7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1) in a match that lasted just over three hours. In the end, experience got the better of the Canadian’s zeal.