Fixture: Vasek Pospisil vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Date: 1 September 2020
Tournament: US Open 2020
Round: First round (Round of 128)
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York, USA
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
Prize money: $39,024,000
Match timing: 3 PM EDT, 12:30 AM IST
Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel / ESPN | India - Star Sports / Hotstar
Vasek Pospisil vs Philipp Kohlschreiber preview
Philipp Kohlschreiber began his season with a win in the Canberra Challenger before withdrawing from his second-round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas because of an injury. After an opening-round exit in Rotterdam, the 36-year-old lost to eventual winner Novak Djokovic in the Round of 16 in Dubai.
Playing his first competitive match in six months owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, Philipp Kolhschreiber won his opening match against compatriot Mats Moraing in Prague before an injury cut short his involvement at the tournament.
In 17 previous appearances at the US Open, the world number 74 has reached the fourth round on five occasions - 2012-13, 2015, 2017-18 - losing once apiece to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at this stage of the tournament.
Vasek Pospisil, meanwhile, opened his season with a Round-of-16 appearance in Auckland and a first-round exit at the Australian Open (lost to Ivo Karlovic) before making his second career singles final in Montpellier where he was beaten by Gael Monfils.
Pospisil then made the round of 16 in Rotterdam and the quarterfinals in Dubai before losing in the first round of the Calgary Challenger in his last match before the COVID-19 outbreak.
The two-time ATP singles winner has a pretty underwhelming record in Grand Slam tournaments despite turning professional in 2007. In eight previous visits to New York, Pospisil has got past the first-round hurdle on only four occasions. But in his last two appearances at the tournament, the Canadian made the second round, a streak he would like to continue this year too.
Vasek Pospisil vs Philipp Kohlschreiber head-to-head
Philipp Kohlschreiber and Vasek Pospisil has met once on the tour, doing so in the Round of 32 at 2015 Rotterdam, in a match which went the way of the Canadian in straight sets.
Vasek Pospisil vs Philipp Kohlschreiber prediction
Philipp Kohlscreiber is an experienced campaigner on tour, particularly in Grand Slam tournaments. The German has won 73 matches in Majors compared to Vasek Pospisil's tally of 13.
The US Open is one of Kohlschreiber's happy hunting grounds as he has reached the second week at the tournament on five occasions while Pospisil has never gone past the second round.
Despite losing in the first round last year, Philipp Kohlschreiber should have enough in his armory to see off a player short of experience at this level.
Prediction: Philipp Kolhscreiber to win in four sets.Published 31 Aug 2020, 13:19 IST