With Milos Raonic winning his first ATP Tour title in more than a year last week in St. Petersburg, Russia, was it Davis Cup teammate Vasek Pospisil's turn to win his first career title at a tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week?
Not this time around, although the 25-year-old from Vancouver did have a solid week before bowing out to No. 2 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Pospisil, the No. 8 seed, cruised over qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. He then produced a quality victory over former top-10 player Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 7-6, (2), 3-6, 6-3 – a 2 1/2-hour effort in which he won one more point than Baghdatis, 105 to 104.
In the quarters on Friday against Lopez, who is ranked No. 17 in the ATP Tour rankings, Pospisil pulled out a first set in which both were nearly untouchable on serve. Pospisil lost just seven points on his own delivery; neither player could earn a break point.
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