Rising German star Dominik Koepfer, 25, says his run at the US Open was life changing as he broke into the top-100 for the first time in his career this month and now it will be a lot easier for him to sneak into the main draws of ATP events.
Koepfer, who won three qualifying matches to make his US Open main draw debut, continued his fine form in the opening week at Flushing Meadows as he beat Jaume Munar, Reilly Opelka and Nikoloz Basilashvili before falling short in the round-of-16 against eventual runner-up Daniil Medvedev.
Koepfer, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 85 in the world, exclusively told Tennis.com: "It is obviously a huge step in the right direction for me. Now I can play ATP Tour-level tournaments. I am in Asia right now and am going to play a 250, a 500 and a Masters 1000 for the first time.
It is definitely life changing the run I had at the US Open. I can now play the high-level tournaments and get better opportunities every week to keep pushing my ranking even higher up." Koepfer won two qualifying matches to earn a place in this week's Zhuhai Championships main draw but he failed to capitalize on a favorable first round matchup as he got stunned by world No.
224 Zhizhen Zhang in the first round. In his interview, the 25-year-old German also revealed that his next goal is to make the top-50.