LONDON--Vasek Pospisil, apparently, likes his personal agonies drawn out.
First came a five set loss at the French Open last month, 8-6 in the fifth, and then came another marathon against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia today at Wimbledon.
Pospisil, fighting from behind all day, pulled ahead by a break at 4-2 in the fifth set, seemingly ready to knock off the 20th seed and given Canada its second big upset win of the day.
Then, disaster. Youzhny won the next four games, breaking Pospisil twice, and the No. 2 singles player in Canada was eliminated the second round of The Championships as Youzhny registered a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-7 (7), 3-6, 6-4 victory.
"I was trying to do the same things," said Pospisil afterwards of the final few games. "But I think I got a little passive.
"It's always hard to close it out, especially against a top 20 player."
With his new coach Frederic Fontang urging him to go "Forward! Forward!" Pospisil looked to have Youzhny on the ropes, particularly when the Russian called for medical attention on his back in the fourth set.
But the 23-year-old from Vancouver couldn't hang on to register what would have been his biggest career win.
"I feel like the way I'm going right now I'm knocking on the door, ready to take the next step," said Pospisil, who has had more success playing for Canada in Davis Cup competition than on the men's pro circut.
He praised Fontag for urging him to "raise my level of aggression."
"He's definitely the coach for me," he said. "But in the end, it's up to me."