MONTE CARLO -- Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil lost his career debut at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday, falling 6-2, 6-2 in the first round to experienced clay-court player Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain. The 29th-ranked Pospisil lacks clay-court experience and paid the price against his 45th-ranked opponent who grew up playing on the surface. "Theres a lot you can learn from every loss," said Pospisil. "This one was more about my lack of clay experience, I need to get used to the surface. Working on my movement will help a lot, its something I can improve." Eighth seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., had a bye in the first round and will face either Argentinas Federico Delbonis or Taiwans Lu Yen-Hsun in the second round on Wednesday. Pospisil was competing in only his seventh top-level match on clay and now stands 1-6 on the surface. His only victory came in a Davis Cup tie against Ecuador in 2011. Pospisil hasnt played much since the Australian Open due to a back injury. "Considering how little Ive played in general, this was not so bad," said Pospisil. "He played extremely well and didnt miss any balls. I played well on my forehand but obviously clay is not my natural surface. "There was really not much I could have done out there." Pospisil, who committed 18 unforced errors in the opening set, admitted he came to the court with low expectations. "I didnt have too many expectations, Ive been dealing with a couple of injuries and only played points on clay for the first time yesterday." The Canadian said that while he did not want to go into detail, his back felt fine during the match. Pospisil will move onto Bucharest and Munich over the next few weeks as the French Open buildup continues. Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini of Italy was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Joao Sousa 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. Sousa led 5-2 and 30-0 on Fogninis serve, but the Portuguese player lost his composure and then started complaining to the chair umpire at the end of the second set and midway through the third. "Im not happy today. I was I think a bit lucky," Fognini said. "It was a really difficult match." The 10th-seeded Fognini, who lost to title-holder Novak Djokovic in last years semifinals, was the highest seeded player in action Monday in the clay-court tournament. Fognini failed to serve out the first set at 5-4 and then his game fell apart. "I was completely without energy, without power in my legs," he said. "I have no idea what happened." After Fognini had served out the second set, the crowd jeered Sousa -- who had received a warning during the first set. At 3-2 down in the third, Sousa continued to grumble, saying "its a joke, its a joke." Fognini will play Bautista Agut in the next round. Later in the day, 11th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain beat Belgian qualifier David Goffin 6-4, 6-1. 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But weve known Logan like this for a long time." With two days off before Game 4 at home on Tuesday night when San Jose will look to tie the series at 2, Couture and his teammates mostly stayed off the ice Sunday to rest up and heal their wounds. Couture got hurt early in the second period when he stepped on a puck with his left skate after a check from Jeff Carter and slammed awkwardly into the boards. He limped off the ice favouring his left leg and went straight to the Sharks dressing room as a hush came over the crowd. San Jose survived the next 15 minutes of game action without Couture or forward Marty Havlat, who left after aggravating a lower-body injury in the first period, by juggling their lines. Couture says hes good to go for Game 4 Tuesday night in San Jose but coach McLellan ruled out Havlat. Centre Adam Burish, who has been ruled out for the whole series versus the Kings, says hes day-to-day and hopes to get into the lineup before the end of the series. "Its playoffs. Everyone plays through injuries," Couture said. "The four years Ive been here, I seen guys play through a lot of injuries. Stanley Cup is what youre playing for. Whatever it takes." Couture showed few signs of the injury in the third period and got the second most ice time of any San Jose forward after returning to the game. The return paid off on the power play early in the overtime when he set up in the slot and took a pass from Patrick Marleau before beating Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot for his fourth goal of the post-season and first ever playoff overtime goal.dddddddddddd "Its a feeling that really cant be described," he said. "Its one of the best feelings in the game of hockey. Thats for sure." The game-winner was a bit of retribution for Couture, whose failure to clear a puck while killing a 5-on-3 advantage in the closing minutes of Game 2 led to Los Angeles tying goal in a game the Kings would eventually win. "I dont think about it like that," Couture said. "I just think about it as different games, different plays. I made a play in Game 2 that I shouldnt have made. I should have got the puck out. I didnt. Nothing I can change about that now. So move forward and scored in Game 3." That was a rare mistake for the 24-year-old Couture who is emerging this post-season as the face of a franchise long dominated by gold medal winning stars Joe Thornton and Marleau. A first-round pick in 2007, Couture made his first impact as a late-season call-up who scored four playoff goals in the run to the conference finals in 2010. Couture was tied for the team lead in playoff goals the following year with seven and has been the Sharks top goal-scorer the past two years. "As far as Logan goes, I just think hes getting recognized more for what hes doing," defenceman Dan Boyle said. "Hes been a huge part of this team since he got here with Patty and Joe getting a lot of the headlines. I think hes been one of the go-to guys since he got here. Hes just being a little more recognized now. ... Hes just very important and he showed it again last night why." Couture is far more than a goal-scorer as he often gets matched up against the opposing teams top lines and outplayed the heralded Sedin twins in a first-round sweep of Vancouver. Couture has won 62.9 per cent of his faceoffs this post-season, plays well in all three zones and is a major reason for San Joses improved defence this season. "Hes got a passion and an energy thats contagious," McLellan said. "Sometimes older players do that to younger ones and younger to older. But he has a passion for the game that is second to none and hes got an energy that he brings. He never quits on plays. He drives a lot of people into the game. Thats the sign of a good leader." ' ' '
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