Matthew Ebden will look to advance to the third round of the 2014 Australian Open when he faces Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Rod Laver Arena tonight. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 8.30pm AEDT.
Ebden comes into the second round off a somewhat surprising 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3 win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
The world number 67 looked to be cruising but faded and was beaten to love in the fourth before grinding out the victory in just over three hours.
The 26-year-old comes into Melbourne off a strong 2013 season on the Challenger circuit, which earned him a second top 100 ranking in the last three years.
After defeating Alex Kuznetsov in the first round at Brisbane he went down to Kei Nishikori, and was eliminated in the first round of the Sydney International by Julien Benneteau.
Tonight’s opponent, world number 30 Vasek Pospisil, eased to a straight-sets victory over Australian Sam Groth on Monday.
The 28th seed is Canada’s number-two player behind Milos Raonic, and will look to capitalise on a strong serve-and-volley game.
Pospisil is playing in just his second Australian Open, after being elimnated in the second round of qualifying in 2012.
This is his first tournament of the Australian summer, coming straight into the Open after reaching the semi-finals at Chennai, where he fell to Stanislas Wawrinka.
The Canadian is favoured tonight and should progress, but with a parochial Australian crowd on hand Ebden will fancy his chances.
See if he can get it done from approximately 8.30pm AEDT.