Vernon product Vasek Pospisil competes in the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament.

Vernon product Vasek Pospisil competes in the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament.

Pospisil pushes Federer to limit

Vernon's Vasek Pospisil came within a handful of points of defeating Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors on Saturday.

  • Oct. 30, 2013 10:00 a.m.

Tennis Canada

Playing in his career ATP semifinal, Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver came within a handful of points of defeating Roger Federer at the $1 million Swiss Basel Indoors Saturday, an ATP World Tour 500 event.

The legendary Swiss served for the match at 6-3, 5-3 only to see the 23-year-old Canadian start an improbable comeback that would allow him to win the second set 7-6(3) thanks to an impressive tiebreak. In the final set, Pospisil found himself up a break at 3-1 and he also held a break point on Federer’s serve at 4-3 that would have allowed him to serve for the match, but that is as close as he would get to pulling off the upset. Federer tightened up his game just in time to come away with a 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 victory to reach his both final at his home tournament.

In their five combined meetings against Federer, Pospisil and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) have won a set four times. As a result of his semifinal showing in Basel, Pospisil will reach a career-high ranking inside the Top 35 on Monday.

Pospisil and Raonic are both in the draw of next week’s BNP Paribas Masters event in Paris. Pospisil will face Frenchman Gael Monfils while Raonic will receive an opening round bye as the tournament’s No. 10 seed.