Vasek Pospisil comes oh-so-close to beating Roger Federer

Vasek Pospisil returns the ball to Roger Federer during their semifinal match at the Swiss Indoor...

Vasek Pospisil returns the ball to Roger Federer during their semifinal match at the Swiss Indoor Open in Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 26, 2013. (ARND WIEGMANN/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 3:31 PM ET

The result was a loss, but Vasek Pospisil may have put on the biggest performance of his career Saturday in Basel, Switzerland.

The 23-year-old from Vernon, B.C., gave former world No. 1 Roger Federer a run for his money, falling short 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 7-5 in their semifinal match at the Swiss Indoor Open.

Federer led the second set 5-3 before letting the 40th ranked Pospisil take over and win it on a tiebreaker. Pospisil carried that momentum into the third set to gain a 3-1 lead before Federer, now ranked No. 6 in the world, rallied for the win.

The match was Pospisil’s first semifinal appearance since his breakout performance at the Rogers Cup in August when he fell to fellow Canadian Milos Raonic in another close matchup. Pospisil had not advanced past the second round in his six tour stops between Montreal and Basel.

Federer will now seek to reclaim his hometown title from Juan del Potro, who beat the Swiss star at last year’s tournament. Del Potro defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Saturday to advance to the final.

The Swiss Indoor Open is an ATP World Tour 500 event.


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