World no. 104 Vasek Pospisil has been on a rock-solid trail since that back injury that halted his progress, looking good to return into the top-100 for the first time in a year next Monday. The Canadian reached his first ATP final since 2014 last week in Montpellier, losing it to Gael Monfils and securing the place in the main draw of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam where he carried good form, defeating the top seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3 in 67 minutes for his seventh top-10 victory in a career and the second in the last couple of days.
Vasek won ten points more than Daniil, fending off five out of six break chances and stealing the Russian's serve three times to control the pace and bring the encounter home in no time at all. Pospisil finished the match with 21 winners and 13 unforced errors, leaving Daniil on a 21-19 ratio that wasn't enough to keep him safe or earn at least a set.
It was a promising start for the US Open finalist, breaking Vasek in the first game and holding at love with a perfect drop shot in the next game for a 2-0 advantage. The scoreboard changed in the fourth game when Medvedev hit a double fault, bringing Pospisil back to the positive side of the scoreboard before creating an excellent chance on the return at 4-4.
Staying focused, Vasek fended off three break chances with booming serves, bringing the game home after forcing an error from Daniil and stealing the rival's serve a few minutes later for a 6-4 in 37 minutes. With the momentum on his side, Vasek sailed through his service games in set number two, keeping the pressure on the other side of the net and breaking Daniil at 2-1 when the Russian netted an easy volley.
Pospisil confirmed the break with a hold at 15 and delivered another comfortable hold at 5-3 to advance into the second round and score one of his most notable wins ever.