Félix Auger-Aliassime lost to local favorite Alexander Zverev, 6-3, 6-3, in the final of the Cologne tournament. This is a sixth loss in as many finals for the Quebecer.
Zverev was dominant on serve, losing only one game… on a double fault.
The 20-year-old Canadian was never really involved after a bad start.
Nervousness? Excessive feverishness. Anyway, Auger-Aliassime, 3e tournament favorite, 22e in the world rankings, was broken in the first game, during which he committed a double fault on the second point.
Alexander Zverev, 7e World player and favorite of the tournament, followed very easily to the service and the Quebecer was already in difficulty in this first set.
As he served for the set at 5-2, Zverev broke a plateau for the Canadiens, committing a second double fault in the game. The door was ajar, but the German immediately broke Auger-Aliassime’s serve, for a third time, saving himself with the first set, 6-3.
The Canadian offered better opposition in the second set, early in the set at least. But it was not enough.
After breaking in the sixth game, the German had yet clearly lacked concentration in the next game, as he had done at the end of the first set, sinning again by double faults. But this time he was able to recover from a 15-40 and save himself with that crucial seventh game.
At 6-3, 5-2, it was pretty much in the pocket. Zverev is therefore getting his hands on a first title this year.
In his sixth career final, Auger-Aliassime has still not won a set (0-12). And this is his eighth loss in a row against top 10.
Statistics that he is surely anxious to erase from his file.