On Wednesday, Andy Murray will step onto Centre Court to take on Vasek Pospisil, the 25-year-old Canadian renowned for his remarkable athleticism and impressive backhand. But it’s not just his physical aptitude Murray will be battling to overcome – he’ll also have to contend with Pospisil’s secret weapon.
A new coach? Snazzy trainers?
No – a little blue book. Pospisil’s success at this year’s tournament has partly been ascribed to the scribblings contained in the mysterious notebook he consults between games.
Has it really helped him step up his game?
It appears so. Finding himself two sets to one down against Britain’s James Ward on Saturday, he was seen studying the book at a changeover – and went on to win by three sets to two.
In his next match, against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, on Monday, he was spotted perusing his precious tome in between games when he was trailing by two sets. He won the next three 6-4, 6-3 and 6-3.
What’s he hiding?
When asked what he had been reading Pospisil refused to divulge any information, simply replying “Secret,” with a smile. He did reveal: “I have been looking at the same page for the matches, but the book is getting filled up a little bit.”
How infuriating! Did he disclose anything else?
Pospisil insisted there was “nothing crazy” in his blue book. “Just reminders and pointers, things I should be looking at during the match, so that will change a little bit match to match,” he said.