Pospisil cruises into U.S. Open second round

Vernon native Vasek Pospisil did what no other Canadian could do in singles play at the U.S. Open Tuesday.

  • Aug. 31, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Vernon native Vasek Pospisil did what no other Canadian could do in singles play at the U.S. Open Tuesday.

Advance past the first round.

Ranked 143rd in the world, and who now lives in Vancouver, Pospisil, 21, crushed the Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. It was the first Grand Slam singles win of his career.

Pospisil will face No. 25 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round. Lopez was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in July.

Pospisil made his way into the U.S. Open men’s draw by winning all three of his qualifying matches.

He is coming off a win over Argentina’s Juan Chela in Montreal earlier this month at the Rogers Cup. Pospisil then lost in the second round to the great Roger Federer of Switzerland.