Canada’s Vasek Pospisil reached his third ATP World Tour quarterfinal as he defeated Tomas Berdych’s conqueror, Ivo Karlovic, 6-3, 6-3 in under an hour Thursday at the Swiss Indoors Basel.
Pospisil, who moved from Vernon to Vancouver at age 12, last made a quarterfinal in August when he went on a breakthrough run to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal (lost to Milos Raonic).
Wrote Pospisil on Facebook: “Played great today! Few more days to stockpile as much Swiss chocolate as possible.”
The 23-year-old next faces Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Pospisil reached the second round Wednesday as he exacted revenge on Robin Haase 6-4, 6-4 after losing to the Dutchman last week in Vienna.
Pospisil is ranked No. 40 in the world and admitted that he cut back on his training sessions over the last few days to conserve energy as the long ATP season finishes next week at the Paris Masters.
Pospisil, who is hoping to lift his ranking by at least eight spots in hopes of getting a seeding at the Australian Open in January, broke Haase in the final game of the first set and again in the last game of the match, advancing on his first match point.