Pospisil thrives on first serves to clinch quarter-final berth in Marseille

Pospisil thrives on first serves to clinch quarter-final berth in Marseille


Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Open 13 Provence tennis tournament after beating his seventh top-60 opponent this year.

Pospisil, ranked 98th in the world, defeated No. 29 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the ATP Tour 250 indoor hardcourt event on Wednesday in Marseille, France.

The 29-year-old Canadian had nine aces and saved all four break points he faced. He won 80 per cent of points when he got his first serve in, as compared to 68 per cent for the eighth-seeded Hurkacz.

Pospisil has enjoyed a strong February. He made it to the final of the Open Sud de France before upsetting world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev last week in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Pospisil will face the winner of a match between No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Mikael Ymer of Sweden in the quarter-finals.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No. 7 seed, was scheduled to face Stefano Travaglia of Italy in a first-round match later Wednesday.

Fourth-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., received a bye to the second round and will face Marin Cilic of Croatia.

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