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US Open second round preview: Rafael Nadal vs Vasek Pospisil

Top seed Rafael Nadal will seek to stay on track for a title defense when he squares off against unseeded Canadian, Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the US Open.

Nadal has had a remarkable year so far, losing just three matches this season and picking up five titles. Now into the US Open, where he’s seeking a fourth title, the Spaniard didn’t spend much time on court in the first round as David Ferrer retired midway through the second set with Nadal leading 6-3, 3-4. That translates into the more rest time going into the match against Vasek Pospisil.

Pospisil has found more success in the Challenger Series than on the ATP main tour this year. The 28-year-old Canadian came into Flushing Meadows on the back of a semifinal run at the Vancouver Open and impressed in his first round win over Lukas Lacko, clinically dismissing the Slovakian 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. Can he keep up the form when he takes on the world No.1?

Vasek Pospisil in action against Lukas Lacko in the first round of the US Open.

Both men have met just once which was in the 2015 Beijing Open, a match Nadal won in straight sets. And it’s really hard not to see Nadal getting another win this time.

The 32-year-old hasn’t lost before the third round of the US Open since 2004, while Pospisil has never made it to the third round of the US Open. The Canadian very well has weapons to battle through, but Nadal has always been known to return whatever you throw at him with interest. Given the Spaniard’s pedigree, that isn’t about to change.

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