US Open: Vasek Pospisil upsets Milos Raonic in Canadian battle
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Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil faced off in the second round of the US Open. On paper, this would be either an upset or a win by a seeded player. Pospisil came out the faster of the two and in the first game of the match won three straight points to put Raonic under pressure early. The Thornhill, Ontario native managed to save all three and even would hold to win the first game.

We wouldn't see another breakpoint till 4-3 Raonic but this time it was Pospisil who would manage to save three break points and eventually hold. The first set would be decided in a tiebreak and that's when the 25th seed went into full domination mode. He would get the early break at 2-1 when he hit a beautiful forehand return winner.

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From there it was cruise control and would win five straight points off the trot to win the breaker 7-1 and take the first set 7-6. In the second set, both players were on serve when at 2-2 the Vernon, BC native called for the trainer. He would receive a medical timeout where it seemed like he had pulled something in his back. 

The 94th player in the world would hold serve and have two chances to break the Raonic serve. The runner up from last week Western and Southern Open would save the first one but would eventually get broken by his Canadian compatriot.

Image: Al Bello
Image: Al Bello

The break seemed to invigorate Pospisil who was doing a good job moving his Davis Cup teammate side to side and hitting some nice groundstrokes. He would hold serve to go up 5-2 and would win the second set 6-3.

In the third once again Raonic was under pressure as he faced early breakpoints at 1-1 in the set. It was back and forth and the Ontario native would manage to hold despite facing three break points in the game.

Pospisil would also face breakpoints in the next game but like Raonic did a good job saving them. Once again the set would be decided by a tiebreaker with both players doing a good job of holding their serve and saving breakpoints when they came.

The 2016 Wimbledon finalist picked the worse moment to struggle on serve as he would double fault to give the 30-year-old a 3-1 lead. The 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion would take the break and run with it playing some inspired tennis. At 4-2 he would hit an amazing winner down the line and we though a possible upset was on the cards.

Pospisil would win the breaker 7-4 and win the third set 7-6 to take a 2-1 set lead on Raonic and was one set away from beating his fellow Canadian. The fourth set stayed on serve until when the Monte Carlo resident would face a breakpoint at 30-40. 

The Freeport, Bahamas resident would break to take a 5-3 lead and would serve for the match. He did just that winning in 4 tough sets 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. He will next face Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.