Vernon native Vasek Pospisil defeated American John Isner 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) Tuesday in first-round play at the $3.5 million Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Pospisil, who is a career-high No. 71 in the ATP Rankings, will face Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in second-round action.
Stepanek broke Nicolas Almargo’s serve five times for a 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 upset win.
Earlier, Pospisil, 23, fought off three championship points to defeat Great Britain’s Daniel Evans 6-0, 1-6, 7-5 and capture the men’s singles title at the $100,000 Odlum Brown VanOpen Sunday at the Hollyburn Country Club.
Pospisil becomes the first Canadian men’s singles winner at the VanOpen since Frederic Niemeyer beat American Sam Querrey in 2007. Pospisil claimed $14,000.
Evans, 23, who upset top-seeded Russian Evegny Donskoy in the VanOpen’s first round, was up 4-1 in the third set on the second-seeded Pospisil. Pospisil won three straight before Evans held serve to go up 5-4.
In that 10th game, Pospisil then held off three break points, including two with aces registering more than 125 miles per hour, to tie things up. He dominated the rest of the way.
He had seven aces on the day. Six came in that third set.