TORONTO – On Friday, a few days before a tough first-round encounter against Borna Coric at the Rogers Cup, Canadian Vasek Pospisil was out working his backhand.
It’s definitely a work in progress, even though there’s improvement since the beginning of the season with the Canadian’s new coaching set up.
But it’s the side that opponents tend to pick on and that the 28-year-old himself seems to lack confidence in at times, especially during key moments.
He could take a look over the net at coach Rainer Schuettler and see a darn good one – still.
Schuettler, 42, retired after the 2012 Australian Open. As you can see below, the strokes are still pretty sweet. He used that backhand to reach a career-best No. 4 in the world at exactly the same age Pospisil is now.
Different times, different field. But it’s the key to Pospisil getting his ranking back up to where it should be.
Here’s what it looked like.