Canada’s Vasek Pospisil says he feels he is heading back in the right direction in an interview to the ATP Tour website after reaching his first semi-final at the Open Sud de France on the ATP Tour since October 2015. Pospisil underwent back surgery last year and was out of action for six months post the surgery.

Speaking to the ATP Tour, Pospisil says, “I feel like I’m getting back in the right direction. I feel like my body has been through a lot actually and I feel the best since my initial back injury in 2014. I haven’t been able to go consecutive weeks and months like this for a very long time. I didn’t realise it, but I feel like I’m on the right track physically. I don’t feel like I’ve moved as well as this since I was in the Top 50. My game is on the right track. Times are changing and there are a ton of good players out there, and the game is moving forwards. There is a long way to go, but I am feeling really optimistic and satisfied, happy about where my game is right now. When I had a setback in 2014, I had a six-month lay-off when I was at a career-high. I came back and there were times when I felt really good, but every couple of months I’d have a back problem. I didn’t have to make any changes in my strokes, but it wasn’t until I had the surgery last year, then I did the rehab and training, that I realised it was a big, annoying niggle, that was holding me back more than I thought. The last four or five months, being able to train every day, have been pretty amazing. To have a normal schedule.”

Pospisil says his team, which includes coach, Frank Dancevic, Brazilian trainer Cassiano Costa, and his physio team from Coast Performance Rehab in Vancouver, have helped him comeback to this level. “I’ve put in a lot of work on the court and in the gym. I have re-started working with my fitness trainer of 2013 and 2014, which has definitely made a difference, as court coverage is a huge part of my game. I have started working with Frank Dancevic, and we’re really aligned about how I should be playing on the court. The results have come a lot sooner than I expected. I just wanted to finish the last season solid and healthy, then do a good off-season and hit 2020 aggressively. I’m having a great period right now, but I know sport has a lot of ups and downs. I need to have a good perspective and keep working hard every day, so to give myself the best chance to win matches. I am not putting pressure on myself over ranking, but I would ultimately like to get back to the Top 30 and a career-high ranking. If I didn’t think I could do that, I don’t think I’d still be playing. I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself, but I’m pretty ambitious.”

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