The final of the Cologne indoor tournament is underway and Félix Auger-Aliassime did not have the hoped-for start. The first leg goes to the German Alexander Zverev, 6-3.
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.
In his sixth career final, Auger-Aliassime has still not won a round (0-11). He has also yet to steal a round from Zverev, whom he faces for the third time.