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- - GAME, SET & MATCH - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 6-1 EBDEN - The Canadian races through his final service game of the match, powering his way to victory over home hopeful Ebden. That was an impressive comeback by the 27th seed.
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 5-1 EBDEN - Yes, those two wasted break-back chances have certainly done it for Ebden. The Aussie throws away his service game and Pospisil will now serve for the match.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 4-1 EBDEN - Ebden has two chances to break back, but blows them both. That's surely going to take the wind out of his sails. Pospisil leads by a set and 4-1 and looks almost cetain to progress from here...
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 3-1 EBDEN - We have our first break of the set as Ebden loses his cool. The Australian is down 30-40 and believes he's aced the Canadian, but the umpire calls it out, and he's got no challenges left. A failed serve-volley attempt see Pospisil break. That could be the match's decisive moment.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 2-1 EBDEN - The simplest of service games for Popisil, who really is in control now. The Canadian powers his way to a 2-1 lead in this fourth set.
- POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 1-1 EBDEN - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) EBDEN – Ebden fires down a solid serve that Pospisil has no answer to and buoyed by that the home hope rattles off the next points to level things up.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) 1-0 EBDEN - Pospisil opens what could be the deciding set with a game to love.
- - SET - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(9) EBDEN - So, after being a set down, Canadian Pospisil is now in the lead. Ebden sends two consecutive forehands wide of the right baseline, handing his opponent the set and the momentum.
- - TIE-BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 6-6(9-9) EBDEN - Pospisil has a set point on his serve and has Ebden on the ropes, but sends a forehand from mid-court long. The players are so ingrossed in the match that they forget to change ends.
- - TIE-BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 6-6(6) EBDEN - Pospisil carves out a set point after winning the longest rally of the match, but Ebden's pinpoint serve cancels that out. Still on serve.
- - TIE-BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 6-6(3-3) EBDEN - The pair trade mini breaks of serve, but the score remains level at 3-3.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 6-6 EBDEN - The 27th seed holds with consummate ease. The third set will be decided by another tie-break.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 5-6 EBDEN - Ebden rushes through his service game in less than two minutes - obviously wanting to hand the ball back to Pospisil in order to put more pressure on that troublesome back. The Canadian will now serve to take the third set into a tie-break.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 5-5 EBDEN - Another easy hold for Pospisil, who doesn't look like giving much away on his serve at present. We're edging towards another breaker...
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 4-5 EBDEN - Pospisil does so well to come back from 0-40 down on the Ebden serve. He is stopping between points to clutch at his back, but claims two consecutive points when being completely dominated - hitting huge winners from wide of the court. A disappointing forehand error on a return from a soft second serve hands Ebden the game. The Canadian must now serve to stay in the set.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 4-4 EBDEN - Not a sniff of a break for either player in the last few service games. This time Pospisil sends down four bombs of which Ebden can't keep in court. Something's gotta give soon, surely!?
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 3-4 EBDEN - Another love service game for Ebden, who is not being given too much to worry about at the minute. Pospisil walks meekly over to his chair.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 3-3 EBDEN - Like his back troubles, Pospisil's lates starts and then stutters. He's up 30-0 but gifts his opponent the potential for a break. Two consecutive serve-volley attempts see him over the line, though.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 2-3 EBDEN - Ebden is serving with confidence and is looking to capitalise on the Canadian's ailment. The home favourite crashes four unreturnable serves over the net and sprints into the changeover.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 2-2 EBDEN - It would be unfair to question the seriousness of Pospisil's back injury, but it does seem to come on in fits and starts. He struggled returning a single one of Ebden's serves in the previous game but has not such problem serving out a love game.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 1-2 EBDEN - Pospisil's troublesome back is causing him some problems yet again. The Canadian limps around the baseline and struggles to make any returns of serve - throwing his racket to the ground in annoyance.
- - BEAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 1-1 EBDEN - Bizarre. Ebden looked completely out of sorts and extremely disheartened in the first game of this third set, but he somehow manages to instantly break back. We're all level once again.
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) 1-0 EBDEN - Deary, deary me. How quickly things can change in tennis! Just a few minutes ago, Ebden could have been two sets to the good. He's now losing in the match after a comprehensive break of serve. Pospisil definitely in the ascendency.
- - SET - POSPISIL 3-6 7-6(6) EBDEN - We're level at one set all. Pospisil wastes no time in earning a set point, sending a pinpoint serve down the 'T'. Ebden then nets a routine forehand to allow his opponent back in the match.
- - TIE-BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 6-6(6-6) EBDEN - Ebden claws back those two points instantly, and has a set point on the Pospisil serve. The big Canadian bravely serve-volleys to level up the score in the breaker. Back on serve.
- - TIE-BREAK - POSPISIL 3-6 6-6(4-2) EBDEN - Pospisil takes the mini-break into the changeover in the tie-break. Two consecutive errors on the backhand from Ebden give the Canadian the slight advantage.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 6-6 EBDEN - Magnificent response from Ebden who wastes absolutely no time in sealing the game to force a second-set breaker.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 6-5 EBDEN - Terrific hustle from Pospisil who looks in a lot of trouble on serve. He's down 0-30, but composes himself to win four consecutive points, snatching away any hope Ebden had of breaking. The Aussie will now have to serve to stay in the set.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 5-5 EBDEN - We're still on serve in this tense second set. Ebden races to 40-0 but is pegged back by Pospisil's superb winners off the forehand. Unwilling to let his opponent back into the game, Ebden serve-volleys, but needs three attempts to put the ball away.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 5-4 EBDEN - A couple of decent passes gives Ebden three break points before he goes into the net, but Pospisil manages to tie things up at deuce. Continuing with the momentum, the Canadian rattles off two more explosive forehands to hold. Ebden will be kicking himself.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 4-4 EBDEN - Some great cross-court hitting sees Pospisil into a 15-30 advantage but home hope Ebden snuffed out the break opportunity with some solid serving to see out the game. An ace took it to 30-30 before Pospisil went long after two serves into the body.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 4-3 EBDEN - Pospisil holds, but almost throws it away. He's up 40-0 in a flash, but struggles to see it out, making a couple of unforced errors on the forehand. He changes it up, though, serve-volleying to take the lead in the second set. Still on serve.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 3-3 EBDEN - A real struggle for Ebden on his serve. Pospisil has come alive and is playing the better tennis. The Canadian has two chances to break, but Ebden digs deep and is able to hold. Just. The momentum is with the 27th seed at present.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 3-2 EBDEN - Ebden just cannot get anywhere near the Pospisil serve at present. The Aussie saw a lot of the ball when returning in the opening set, but isn't having the luck at the moment. Still on serve.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 2-2 EBDEN - Very, very smart play from the home favourite, who is keeping the ball low, moving it around the court in the hope of forcing Pospisil to bend his back. It's working and he comfortably holds.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 2-1 EBDEN - Pospisil continues to struggle with his back, but bravely hold his serve to love. It's a much better start to the second set for the Canadian, despite his obvious injury. He calls for the trainer once more.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 1-1 EBDEN - Equally as impressive opening service game for Ebden. He continues in his fine run of form to draw level.
- - POSPISIL 3-6 1-0 EBDEN - Pospisil overcomes the back trouble and the medical time out to race through his opening service game of the second set. The Canadian has not been at his best today, but a promising first game bodes well for the rest of the second set.
- - Pospisil is currently receiving a medical time out after complaining of a sore back.
- - SET - POSPISIL 3-6 EBDEN - The crowd go wild as Ebden shows no signs of nerves to competently serve out the game and claim the opening set.
- - POSPISIL 3-5 EBDEN - Much better tennis from Pospisil, and Ebden is starting to look a bit shaky. The Canadian takes the game to the local hero, and pulls another game back. Ebden will serve for the set.
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 2-5 EBDEN - Pospisil carves out his first break point of the day, and in some style, too. It looks a certainty that Ebden will take a 40-30 lead as he comes to the net off a terrific approach shot, but the Canadian's sliced backhand pass is something to behold and sees him move within a point of a break-back point. He takes it at the first time of asking. 2-5.
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 1-5 EBDEN - He's got the double break, and this set looks all-but over. In truth, Ebden wastes his first two opportunities at 15-40, but more than makes up for the errors with two piercing forehand returns off the Pospisil serve to move within a game of claiming the opening set.
- - POSPISIL 1-4 EBDEN - Ebden consolidates the break, but is annoyed at a line judge who calls a terrific cross-court forehand wide. The Aussie challenges and is successful, taking his frustration out on the ball to hold to 15.
- - BREAK - POSPISIL 1-3 EBDEN - Oh dear! What a disaster of a service game for Pospisil. The Canadian's serve deserts him, allowing for Ebden to go on the attack and break to 15. The Aussie has started very well here...
- - POSPISIL 1-2 EBDEN - Another hugely efficient service game from the home favourite. The 26-year-old, ranked 65 in the world, shows no nerves against his higher ranked opponent and confidently serves his way to a second consecutive hold to 15.
- - POSPISIL 1-1 EBDEN - The favourite struggles through his opening service game, with Ebden taking the serve on early. The Canadian begins to find the lines, however, and is able to keep pace with his opponent.
- - POSPISIL 0-1 EBDEN - Ebden serves first and races into a 30-0 lead before Pospisil cuts the arrears to 30-15. But a solid serve gives the opportunity to hold to 15 which he duly takes courtesy of a wide Pospisil cross-court forehand.
- - The day's final match on the Rod Laver Arena sees 27th seed Vasek Pospisil take on local hero Matthew Ebden.
|Date of Birth||26/11/1987|
|Date of Birth||23/06/1990|