WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest sign of a surge for Canadian tennis, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil will meet for the Citi Open title Sunday, marking the first tour final between two men from the country.
"The vibe that I get is that tennis is really growing right now in Canada," Pospisil said. "I feel like people are getting really excited about it, especially with the results of Canadian players this year."
The 13th-seeded Pospisil edged sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 Saturday night at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
On a muggy evening, Pospisil fell behind 3-0 in the third set, before pulling even at 3-all. Then he was two points from losing while trailing 5-4. But Pospisil came back to hold serve there, then broke in the next game when Gasquet's signature backhand broke down and produced three errors.
Pospisil dropped his racket on the court behind the baseline and raised his arms after ending the match by serving it out at love, including a pair of aces at 124 mph (200 kph) and 128 mph (206 kph). He reached his first career final — and won for the second time Saturday.
About 7 1/2 hours earlier, Pospisil finished off a rain-interrupted 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory against 10th-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. That match was suspended Friday night, two points into the third set.
"Generally, I do a good job (of) fighting in matches and not letting go of any match," Pospisil said. "It was a little bit tougher today, because I was feeling pretty heavy legs in the third set (against Gasquet), and I wasn't feeling physically, like, sharp."
The second-seeded Raonic advanced by beating Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-5.
The ATP said it'll be the first time in the Open era, which began in 1968, that two Canadian men will face each other in a tournament final.
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