Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil faced his boyhood tennis idol in the semifinals of the $1 million Swiss Indoors Saturday in Basel, Switzerland.
Pospisil, who now trains in Vancouver and lives in the Bahamas, met world No. 6 Roger Federer in the ATP World Tennis Tour 500 event after he grounded No. 29 Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 7-6 (11), 6-4 on Friday.
Continuing his strong string of indoor play, Pospisil saved multiple set points in the opening set tiebreak, and was able to get the decisive break at 4-4 in the second set to come away with a straight sets win.
He and Federer played once previously in the second round of the Rogers Cup, in Montreal, in 2011, and Federer won in straight sets.