Vasek Pospisil qualifies for the Sofia Open final

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SOFIA, Bulgaria – Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver qualified for the final of the Sofia Open indoor tennis tournament with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-0 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet Friday.Pospisil, 74th in the world, has won the last 11 games of a match that lasted around an hour and 51 minutes.

“I had a few chances in the first set and held the serve relatively comfortably. So I was disappointed to lose this set and I just felt like I was running out of energy, ”said Pospisil. “I just increased the intensity in the second set. At the start of the second set I tried to pump myself up and as soon as I got the break I felt like his energy had plummeted and I remained relatively consistent and aggressive. ”

The Canadian shot 18 aces ahead of Gasquet as he improved to 4-2 for life against the world No.49.

Pospisil won 77% of the service points, against 57% for Gasquet. Pospisil saved the only breaking point he faced by beating Gasquet five times out of seven occasions.

Pospisil will face 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner on Saturday in the ATP 250 final, with the winner securing his first ATP Tour title.

“Jannik is a super talented young man and it’s going to be a very close game,” said Pospisil, who crashed in the Paris Masters final qualifying round last week. “I’m going to go for the win and play aggressively and try to take a chance. I’m a little pleasantly surprised with how I ended the year with this tournament. ”

This will be the third career Tour final appearance for Pospisil, 30, and the second this year. He also qualified for the final of an indoor hard-court tournament in Montpellier, France, in February.

“It will definitely help me,” Pospisil said of the experience. “I played at a good level and I ran into a tough opponent [Gael Monfils] and I think this time maybe I will be a little more relaxed. ”

Sinner, the world No.44, came forward with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over fifth seed Adrian Mannarino of France.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 13, 2020.



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