Vasek Pospisil has caught fire in Madrid at the Davis Cup Finals. Not only is the 29-year-old passionately leading his much younger teammates Denis Shapovalov (20) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (19) by example, he’s also dominating on court.
The world No. 150 is 3-0 in singles with straight-set triumphs over Fabio Fognini, Reilly Opelka and John Millman (and he's 1-1 in doubles with Denis Shapovalov).
“Vasek’s just a legend for serving three bombs, three aces like it’s nobody’s business,” Shapovalov told Sportsnet.ca after their clincher over Jordan Thompson and John Peers. “I mean it’s unreal. I was at the net smiling, I didn’t have to do anything that game.”
Since losing to Dan Evans in Beijing, Pospisil has gone 19-2 on the ATP, ATP Challenger and Davis Cup tours, including winning two Challenger titles in Las Vegas and Charlottesville. After recovering from back surgery for the better part of 2019, the Canadian is finally healthy and looking like his former Top-30 self.
Pospisil has earned MVP status for his efforts, as Canada gets set to face Russia (which features Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev) on Saturday for their first-ever Davis Cup final spot.