Pospisil beats Edmund to enter 2nd round
Fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil of Canada beat wild-card entry Kyle
Edmund of Britain 6-3, 7-5 Monday to reach the second round of the
The 23-year-old Pospisil saved all four break points he faced
and converted two of the ones he created to wrap up the win in 81
The lanky Pospisil, who missed several tournaments in early 2013
because of glandular fever but still climbed to a career-best
ranking of 32nd by the end of the season, took a 3-0 lead before
wrapping up the first set. Edmund led 5-4 in the second, but the
376th-ranked player made a number of unforced errors and couldn’t
force a decider.
In fact, none of the four first-round matches Monday went to
three sets, as Dudi Sela of Israel won 6-4, 6-2 against Lukas Lacko
of Slovakia, Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic beat local wild-card
entry Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-2 and Taiwanese player Lu
Yen-Hsun ousted Tim Smyczek of the United States 6-4, 6-2.
Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka is among four players to get a bye
into the second round. Defending champion Janko Tipsarevic missed
the tournament because of a heel injury.
The tournament also sees the return of India’s Rohan Bopanna and
Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi as a doubles pair after three