Number one on the seeding list against number three, Alexander Zverev against Felix Auger-Aliassime: The first of the two tennis tournaments in Cologne ends on Sunday (2 p.m.) with a delightful final. The duel with the young Canadian will be “extremely interesting,” said Zverev. The only 20-year-old Auger alias, number 22 in the world, is considered one of the future stars in the tennis scene.
Alexander Zverev against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the live stream
Zverev did not reach his best form against Fokina
Zverev made the finals in the first of two new tournaments in Cologne on Saturday with an arduous 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 3) success against the unset Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Auger-Aliassime won 6: 3, 1: 6, 6: 3 against the Spanish number two on the seeding list, 32-year-old Roberto Bautista Agut.
“Of course I want to do everything I can to win this final,” said Zverev. “It has nothing to do with the US Open. It has nothing to do with anything else.” It’s been a good month since his disturbing five-set defeat against Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final of the US Open, which he still haunts “every day 20 to 25 times” in his head and also haunts his dreams at night, as he said .
In New York, the seventh in the world rankings had outclassed the Spaniard Davidovich Fokina in the round of 16, this time his 21-year-old opponent kept up better. Zverev did not reach his best form and had problems finding his rhythm against the opponent who played several times. The duel with the world number 71. began unusually: after four quick points, the players had to wait several minutes because the net was readjusted and measured. When Zverev led 3-2, the Spaniard took a medical break. Zverev waited again.
Zverev has a chance of a twelfth title today
Both of them held their service games up to 6: 5, but then Davidovich Fokina made it possible for the German number one to score the first break and set balls. Also thanks to the help of the opponent, Zverev secured sentence one. In the second round, the world number seventh continued to miss the necessary consistency at times and made it exciting again after a 4-1 lead. “Of course I want to finish the match as soon as possible. But there are just such games. It’s just important to find a way to end the match and somehow win,” said Zverev.
In the tie-break, Davidovich Fokina had to be treated on the batting hand after he ran into the gang. “That is of course not easy,” said Zverev about the next break: “But I saw his hand full of blood.” The third match ball then brought the decision and gave the German number one the chance of his twelfth title and the first since the tournament in Geneva 17 months ago.