Koepfer Captures Canberra International Title

Dominik Koepfer (photo: Canberra International)


Dominik Koepfer of Germany has clinched the title of the Workday Canberra International. The top seed of the $164,000 ATP Challenger Tour hard-court event defeated 18-year-old Czech Jakub Mensik 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday’s singles final.

Koepfer advanced to the title match with wins over US-American Zachary Svajda , Italian qualifier Andrea Vavassori, No. 6 seed David Goffin of Belgium and Canadian Garbriel Diallo.

In the championship match, the World No. 77 proved too powerful for the Czech teenager. Koepfer saved all six break points he faced and capitalized on three of his own five break-point chances to secure victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

It’s been amazing how the community showed up every day, every night and full stands. It’s so fun to play in front of a lot of people especially at a Challenger event it’s not normal,” said Koepfer.

By lifting his fifth ATP Challenger Tour career trophy, the 29-year-old lefty earned $22,370 in prize money as well as 125 ATP Ranking points.

Rincon/Shelbayh triumph in doubles

In other action, Daniel Rincon of Spain and Abdullah Shelbayh from Jordan captured the doubles title. The pair defeated Albano Olivetti of France and Andre Goransson from Sweden 7-6(4), 6-3 in Friday’s final. The encounter lasted one hour and 22 minutes.