Vasek Pospisil eliminated in the second round of the U.S. Open
The new grandstand doesn’t seem to favour Canadians in the early rounds of the U.S. Open. Vasek Pospisil is the latest victim of the newly built court with a loss to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the second round 7–6, 6–4, 6–4.
The 26-year-old B.C. native struggled on his serve all throughout the match. It was the complete opposite of his first round performance where Pospisil served well.
Pospisil came out firing in the opening set and took advantage of the South African’s errors to get the break in the first game. However, the Canadian could not hang onto the lead. In the following game, at deuce, Pospisil hit two consecutive errors to give back the break.
The two would hold onto their service games and took the first set into a tiebreak. After dropping the first point, Anderson would come out hitting winners to win five straight consecutive points. The South African also took advantage of Pospisil’s second serve. The Canadian would double fault in the last point to give the first set to Anderson.
Even though he hit more winners with 15 to 11 unforced errors, Pospisil only hit 37 percent of his first serves in. He was only winning 43 percent of his second serves.
Pospisil continued to struggle in the second set. He battled through his first two service games to hold. The Canadian couldn’t find any rhythm in his serve. Errors started to creep in for Pospisil as well. In the fifth game, the second deuce, Pospisil hit two consecutive double faults to give the break. He wouldn’t recover from that (lousy) game as he went down two sets to love.
The third set was no different story. In the third game, Pospisil got himself into an early trouble facing three points after hitting three consecutive errors. The Canadian would save two of them. However, he would give the break after another forehand error. Anderson would break Pospisil in his next service game to go up 4–1.
Pospisil, playing a little freely, would string three consecutive games including getting one break at love from Anderson serving for the match. However, the South African serving for the match for the second time, would close the set and win the match in two hours and 39 minutes.
A disappointing match for Pospisil in the end. After a stellar first round performance, Tuesday’s match was a letdown. He would improve his first serve from the first set with 57 percent, but it was a far cry from the result he would want. Pospisil hit nine double faults in the match, most of them in critical points. If there’s a positive takeaway, he did hit more winners than unforced errors — 32 to 28.