SHANGHAI (AP) — Richard Gasquet was dealt a setback in his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals, losing to Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.
The Frenchman, who played in the year-end championships in 2007, is in ninth place in the standings, just 20 points behind Stanislas Wawrinka for the last spot in the eight-man field for London.
Pospisil is having a breakthrough year, reaching his first Masters series semifinal in Montreal and helping guide Canada to the Davis Cup semifinals last month.
The 6-foot-4 Canadian overpowered Gasquet with his forehand and serve, hitting 16 winners to just two for the Frenchman in the opening set and finishing with 10 aces.
"The key was to stay aggressive the whole time, even in the big moments, going for my shots," Pospisil said. "It's a huge win for me."
Pospisil was joined in the second round by countryman Milos Raonic, who served 16 aces to defeat Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny 6-4, 6-4.
The 10th-seeded Raonic is making a late-season run at qualifying for the ATP Finals, as well, reaching back-to-back finals in Bangkok and Tokyo the last two weeks. He won the title in Thailand but lost to Juan Martin del Potro in Japan.
He's 10th in the standings for the ATP Finals, trailing Gasquet by less than 300 points.
"I've had two great weeks leading into this one and forced myself and pushed myself to do well this week," Raonic said.
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