Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil is into the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters in China.
Pospisil, who now trains in Vancouver, earned the second top-10 win of his career over No. 9 seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-4 in opening round action on Tuesday.
The No. 43-ranked Pospisil blasted 10 aces past Gasquet while never facing a single break point through the 70-minute match. He also grabbed the two break points he earned.
Pospisil faces another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, in today’s second round. The two have only played once before, in Davis Cup World Group action in February 2012. Monfils, currently ranked No. 42, won 6-4, 6-4.
Pospisil’s victory also helps Davis Cup teammate Milos Raonic’s pursuit of a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals. Currently in the No. 10 position for the eight-man season-ending championships field, Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. sits just one place below Gasquet and he will now be able to make up ground on the Frenchman.
Raonic ousted Polish qualifier No. 79 Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-4 in his Shanghai opener.