Instant Analysis – David Ferrer vs. Vasek Pospisil

The #1 seed in Valencia, David Ferrer, just took out Canadian qualifier, Vasek Pospisil in two sets – 6-3 6-3.   Three quick points regarding this match:

1. A tale of two sets?

While both sets ended with identical 6-3 scores, Ferrer dominated the first set, while Pospisil was more competitive in the second set.  The second set was decided by one service break which occurred in the eighth game.  Pospisil led that game 40-15 and looked to be on track to stay on serve at 4-4.  However, his concentration lapsed with some errors and Ferrer took the set and match by the throat.

2. Ferrer less than dominant on serve

While a big serve is not the trademark of Ferrer’s game, the lack of success he had serving against the young Canadian may be worrisome to his fans.  Ferrer only managed to win 62% of points on his first serve – which may have cost him dearly had he been playing against a top 50 player.

3. Inexperience in big points for Vasek

Pospisil had six break points but was only able to convert one of them, which ultimately cost him the match.  As he gains more experience, Pospisil looks like he has the game to break through against more seasoned players – as is evidenced by his win earlier this week against John Isner and earlier this season against Juan Ignacio Chela.

Other news and notes:

– The Swiss Indoor tournament in Basel was dealt a big blow today, when two seeded players were forced to pull out.  Florian Mayer was leading Janko Tipsarevic 5-1 in the first set, when Tipsarevic was forced to quit – presumably due to fatigue.  Andy Murray also pulled out of the tournament at the last minute, being replaced by Swiss journeyman Marco Chiudinelli.

– It was a tough day for Canada in Valencia.  In addition to Canadian #2 Pospisil getting beaten by Ferrer, the top player in the country, Milos Raonic lost in straight sets to Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4.  Raonic could not get anything going on Cilic’s serve – especially the first serve.  Cilic also was able to play extremely well in the big points and managed to break Raonic’s big serve one time in each set.

– In a tough three set match, Lukasz Kubot took out Tobias Kamke in Basel 5-7 7-5 6-2.

 

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