Pospisil says playing Federer 'a dream'

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:39 PM ET

MONTREAL - Fresh-faced Canadian Vasek Pospisil knew Roger Federer was great, but knowing it and feeling it are two different things.

The 21-year-old from Vernon, B.C. put up a good fight against his idol before bowing out 7-5, 6-3 at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, and he says he’ll remember the sting of Federer's patented forehand.

“It’s another level of fast, to be honest,” said Pospisil, who was playing in his fist ATP tournament.

“I've never felt a ball that goes through the court as fast as his does, especially his forehand.”

The 155th-ranked player says he felt jitters when he squared off against a man who he had watched on television for many of his 16 Grand Slam titles.

“It was like a dream when I entered the court,” said Pospisil. “But after that I tried to concentrate on my game and forget about playing Federer.”

Federer said the 6’3 Canadian has plenty of potential and moves well for a tall player. It was praise that had the young Canadian gushing at his post-match news conference.

“It’s obviously great to hear that, especially coming from the greatest player of all time,” said Pospisil, who plays on the Challengers and Futures junior circuits.

Pospisil is now the No. 2 Canadian behind phenom Milos Raonic, who is ranked 26th on the ATP tour. Pospisil has two singles and four doubles titles this season, and he also helped Canada to a 3-2 Davis Cup win in Ecuador.

He’ll move on to the US Open qualifiers and plans to learn from his faceoff against Federer.

“It's just good motivation for me to keep working on my game, keep working hard with my coach,” he said.


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