Vasek Pospisil pulled the biggest upset of Indian Wells Week 1, dismissing top seed Andy Murray in the second round, 6-4, 7-6, to advance to a round-of-32 matchup against fellow qualifier Dusan Lajovic.
Here’s a little more on the former Top 30 Canadian:
The Vasek Pospisil File
Born: Vernon, British Columbia
Residence: Freeport, Bahamas
Current Rank: 129
Career-High Rank: 25 (January 2014)
Best US Open Finish: 2R (2011, 2016)
- The triumph over Murray was actually Pospisil’s fourth consecutive win in Indian Wells. He came through qualifying with victories over Americans Mitchell Krueger and Rajeev Ram, then topped Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of the main draw.
- Pospisil has enjoyed previous success in the desert, winning the 2015 doubles title with Jack Sock. The pair also teamed to win the 2014 Wimbledon doubles crown, the Series event in Atlanta later that year and Beijing in 2015, when Pospisil climbed to a career-best No. 4 in the individual world doubles rankings.
- Pospisil finished at No. 32, No. 53 and No. 39 in the world in singles from 2013 to 2015, advancing to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2015. He struggled in 2016, however, dropping out of the Top 100 for the first time in three years.
- He hired Hall of Famer and renowned doubles player Mark Woodforde as his coach in late 2016, and the pairing has shown some early promise. Thus far in 2017, Pospisil qualified for Doha, picked up Top 50 wins in Davis Cup over Brits Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund, and reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in San Francisco.
- In addition to his quarterfinal showing at Wimbledon, Pospisil reached the third round at the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015. At last year’s Open, he defeated Jozef Kovalik in the first round before falling to Kevin Anderson.
They Said It!
“If I pick a handful of great moments in my career, this is definitely one of them. To beat the No. 1 player and somebody as accomplished as Andy, one of the greats of the game, is amazing.” – Pospisil, after dismissing Murray in Indian Wells