Rafael Nadal: Vasek Pospisil fires US Open warning to world No 1
VASEK POSPISIL has warned Rafael Nadal that he is playing his best tennis ahead of their showdown at the US Open.
Nadal is the heavy favourite to book his place in the third round when their match gets underway in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The pair are last on Arthur Ashe Stadium and they follow Serena Williams’ tie with Carina Witthoeft, which gets underway at midnight (BST).
Nadal won his only previous meeting with Pospisil in Beijing three years ago - but the Canadian believes his standards have improved vastly since their last encounter.
“I have not had the best couple of years but now I am playing my best tennis,” Pospisil told TennisChitChat.
“I am playing great on the court. It was difficult with the humidity but I am happy where my game is at.
“I feel like I’m improving. I’m a better player now than a few years ago, even if the ranking doesn’t show it.
“I feel lighter and am working hard. I know the best years are ahead.”
Pospisil believes he is better now than when he previously met Nadal (Image: GETTY)
Pospisil, ranked No 88 in the world, beat Lucas Lacko in straight sets to reach the second round of the US Open for the third time in his career.
But the 28-year-old will be thankful of playing late in the night against Nadal because of his perspiration.
“Humidity is always difficult for me because I think I’m one of the biggest sweaters on tour,” he added.
“I’m just feeling so much better than I was a couple of months ago.
“I have put in so much fitness work over the last couple of months and took some weeks off to work.
“It is really paying off. I am feeling much better on the court.”
The world No 1 is expected to secure a comfortable win (Image: GETTY)
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