World No. 68 Vasek Pospisil of Canada will play Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov in the first round of the 2021 Sofia Open on Tuesday, September 28. Get the live streaming options of this Vasek Pospisil v Egor Gerasimov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Vasek Pospisil v Egor Gerasimov Head to Head
They haven’t played each other previously.
Can Sofia Turn Things Around for Pospisil?
After a solid 2020, Pospisil has struggled throughout the 2021 season, but will be hoping to turn things around in Sofia, where he reached the final last year.
The Canadian had knocked out Illya Marchenko, Jan-Lennard Struff, John Millman and Richard Gasquet en route to his second singles final of the season and third of his career, but a maiden title remained elusive after he went down to Jannik Sinner in a closely contested final. The other final that he contested in last year was in Montpellier.
Pospisil brings a 7-12 season record to Sofia and is 4-8 on hard courts, his preferred surface. His best showing this year came in Eastbourne. It was the only tournament this season, when the Canadian won two matches in a row before eventually losing in the quarterfinals.
With form not favouring him, Pospisil will take heart from the fact that he has won both his previous two first round matches. He won the opening round at the U.S. Open by beating Fabio Fognini in a five-set thriller and then won the opening round in Metz last week by defeating Gregoire Barrere n straight sets.
Gerasimov Comes Through Qualifiers
Belarus’ Egor Gerasimov qualified for the main draw with two straight set wins in the qualifiers.
Gerasimov defeated Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 7-6 in the first qualifying round on Sunday and then ousted Turkey’s Altug Celikbilek 7-6, 6-3 in the second qualifying round on Monday.
The 28-year-old, who started the season brightly, lost form during the clay season and is yet to regain the touch which saw him reach the semifinals in Montpellier and the Round of 16 at Melbourne-2.
Hard courts bring the best out of the World No. 112, but the Belarusian hasn’t had many successes on the surface recently. Before heading to Sofia, he was 3-6 since Tokyo from all matches including qualifiers. But he has made a good start in the qualifying rounds. Can he keep the momentum going in the main draw?
Pospisil v Gerasimov Prediction and Tip
Both players have struggled recently, but momentum is with Gerasimov as he won two back-to-back matches in the qualifiers against good opponents. Expect a tough match with Pospisil edging through.