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  • On a steamy, Pospicle-perfect day in Miami, Vasek Pospisil beats Juan Martin del Potro

    Stephanie Myles at Eh Game13 hrs ago

    There were a lot of warning signs for Canadian Vasek Pospisil as he took to the stadium court at the Miami Open Thursday to take on an opponent with a far more impressive resumé.

    Other than a brief, one-tournament attempted comeback in Sydney in January, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro hadn't played in 13 months, and has had two surgeries on his left wrist (the latest just two months ago).

    It was hot, and humid – conditions that Pospisil always struggles with. The opponent had major presence, along with a sizeable contingent of countrymen in the stands. It was a big match that had a lot of eyes on it.

    But the 24-year-old from Vancouver came through, defeating del Potro 6-4, 7-6 (7) to advance to the second round.

    Pospisil was down a break early in the second set. Del Potro served for the second set at 5-4 – only to break himself with two forehand errors and two double-faults. Del Potro also was up in the tiebreak.

    But the Canadian hung tough, sticking to a game plan that was dictated by del Potro's frailty on the backhand side. His mighty forehand has always been the side to avoid but given the circumstances, this was even more true on Thursday.

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