On Tuesday afternoon at STADE IGA, Canadian Vasek Pospisil qualified for the second round of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank with a two-set win over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan (6-4, 6-3).
The man from Vernon, British Columbia had struggled in their previous match in Atlanta this season but ultimately triumphed in three sets.
At the Rogers Cup, the world no.45 completely dominated Lu, who is ranked no.82. The match ended after 80 minutes of play but Pospisil could have closed it out sooner if he hadn’t wasted seven of his ten chances to break.
In the second round, he will face John Isner of the US, who played in the final in Washington last Sunday. The powerful server stayed strong today against Benjamin Becker of Germany, faltering only in the deciding game of the second set. The final score was 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
In a match that had gotten underway the day before and was cut short by rain, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France (10) capitalized on his 2-1 lead and ousted world no.36 Borna Coric in 68 minutes (6-4, 6-4).
The tumultuous Australian Nick Kyrgios disposed of the Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) in a match with 25 aces and nine breaks.
In another exciting duel, Jack Sock of the US took on Adrian Mannarino of France. When the match went to a tiebreak in the third, the American came out on top (6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5)).
In the only real upset of the day, Kevin Anderson (12) of South Africa fell to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic (7-6 (2), 7-6 (6)).
Jérémy Chardy of France overpowered his countryman Nicolas Mahut—who was recruited when Richard Gasquet bowed out—in two sets (6-1, 7-5).
Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls was broken three times by world no.48 Pablo Andujar of Spain and fell in two sets (6-2, 6-4) in just over an hour.
Qualifier Mikhail Youzhny defeated Viktor Troicki; David Coffin of Belgium got the better of Steve Johnson of the US; Grigor Dimitrov (14) of Bulgaria beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain overpowered Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.