Between snowbirds who flee the Great White North during the winter and fans who gravitate to the underdog, 129th-ranked Vasek Pospisil of Canada had a huge cheering section when he faced No.1 Andy Murray in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.
“Every year I come down here I feel like I’m playing for a home crowd,” Pospisil said. “The atmosphere was amazing.”
It was almost as amazing as the serve-and-volleyer’s gutsy performance.
Pospisil, who went through qualifying to get into the main draw, kept Murray off balance with reflex volleys and aggressive play, while Murray made matters worse by serving poorly. In the end, even Pospisil had...