London: White shoes, shorts and shirts? Check. Little black book? Check.
When it comes to reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final, unseeded and Vasek Pospisil is leaving no page unturned as he plots a path past 2013 champion Andy Murray on Wednesday.
Pospisil became only the third Canadian man to make the last eight at Wimbledon with a 4-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Serbia`s Viktor Troicki.
It was his third five-set win in four rounds at the All England Club this year with the 25-year-old often leafing through a book of notes during changeovers as he looks for a crucial angle.
Not that Pospisil, the world number 56, was about to reveal the gems of information behind his success.
“Secret,” he replied when asked what`s in the book.
“I have been looking at the same page for the matches, but the book is getting filled up a little bit.
“It`s just reminders and pointers, things I should be looking at during the match, so that will change a little bit match to match. But, you know, nothing crazy.”
What does seem crazy is his schedule at Wimbledon.
After seeing off Troicki on Monday, Pospisil then teamed up with Jack Sock in a five-set loss to Jamie Murray — Andy`s brother — and John Peers in the men`s doubles.
In total, he spent over eight hours on court in the two matches.
“I played a lot of tennis, but one day recovery is a lot. So I can sleep well tonight. Just have a full day of rest tomorrow,” said Pospisil. “Then come out strong on Wednesday and take it to him.”
Pospisil has only played on Centre Court once but he admits that winning the doubles with Sock in the famous arena last year will help his confidence on Wednesday.
“I had one Centre Court experience, and it was a great one. I`m looking forward to going out there again, give it my best for sure,” he explained.
“I realise that it`s going to be a tough feat to accomplish, to beat Andy here at Wimbledon, his home court.
“I will try and take the positive memories of last year and my good form this past week.”
Pospisil will be used to the baying British crowd having knocked out national number two James Ward in the third round.
But his record against Murray is grim reading — three defeats in three matches and all in straight sets. Two of those losses came this year at Rotterdam and Indian Wells.
“He`s had great results here over the years. He`s one of the big four,” said the Canadian.
“But I think I`m serving well, I`m playing well, and I will have a good day of rest.
“I know I will have my hands full and I have to go out there and play to the best of my abilities. And that`s what I plan on doing.”
dj/smgCurrently No. 56 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Pospisil has a 13-12 record on the season. It is just the third time that he has won four straight tour-level matches (also 2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal and 2014 Washington).