Sunday’s final will feature a qualifier for the first time
There was one Canadian left in semi-final action on Saturday at the Subaru Sherbrooke Futures presented by Énergie 106.1. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament, which offers $25, 000 U.S. in total prize money, will be held from March 3-11, 2018 at the Christian Bourque indoor tennis courts of the Rock Forest Recreation Centre in Sherbrooke.
Playing in the first semi-final match of the day was the tournament’s fifth seed Dominik Koepfer of Germany who was facing the American JC Aragone. Both players had relatively different paths to Saturday’s semi-final match. Koepfer had dropped only one set since the start of the tournament with his longest match of the week lasting just over an hour and a half. Aragone, on the other hand, played a marathon match against the top seed Gleb Sakharov lasting just under three hours.
In their semi-final match on Saturday, it was the German who jumped out to an early lead, but too many errors and a costly double fault brought the match back to even. The tight set required a tiebreak where Koepfer stepped up his game and overpowered his opponent. In the second, it was Aragone who experienced some trouble on serve, totalling four double faults and getting only 58% of his first serves in. After a little over an hour of play, Koepfer booked his spot in the finals with his victory over the American by a score of 7-6(4), 6-3.
The second match of the day opposed Canadian Brayden Schnur, the tournament’s third seed, against the American qualifier Michael Redlicki. Despite having no singles ranking at the start of the tournament, the American managed not only to make it out of the qualifying round, he also defeated the second and eighth seeds on his way to the semi-final. For his part, Schnur did not have an easy path to Saturday, with two of his matches going to three sets and having to play in two tiebreaks along the way.
The match was extremely close from start to finish, with neither playing willing to concede an inch. The first set required a tiebreak where Redlicki managed to get the minibreak needed to go ahead in the match. Schnur had to fight his way out of trouble early on in the second, battling back from 0-40 to remain on serve. After an hour and a half of play, Redlicki got the better of the Canadian in the end, securing a spot in his first career final on the professional circuit by a score of 7-6(4), 7-6(0).
The singles final between Koepfer and Redlicki will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Rock Forest Recreational Centre in Sherbrooke. Fans can follow the action live on the ITF Live Scoring website.
The Subaru Sherbrooke Futures presented by Énergie 106.1 is the second in a series of three tournaments that will be played in Quebec during the months of February and March. The event will be followed by the Drummondville National Bank Challenger.
*Feature photo : Yves Longpré