Sports Zverev beats Canada's Auger-Aliassime in Cologne to end title wait

18:41  18 october  2020
18:41  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Top seed Alexander Zverev bagged his first ATP crown of the year after beating Canada ' s Felix Auger - Aliassime 6-3 6-3 to lift the bett1HULKS Zverev has already qualified for the season- ending ATP Finals in London next month but will remain in Cologne for the bett1HULKS Championships next

Felix Auger - Aliassime reflects on playing Alexander Zverev for his first ATP Tour trophy on Sunday in Cologne . The #NextGenATP star has lost his first five ATP Five times the Canadian has reached a tour-level final and on each occasion he has lost in straight sets. Will the sixth time be the charm?

COLOGNE, Germany — Alexander Zverev ended his 17-month wait for a title by drawing on the pain of his U.S. Open final defeat to beat Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 and win the Cologne Indoors on Sunday.

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Zverev has had a breakthrough year in Grand Slam tournaments with his first semifinal at the Australian Open in January and first final at the U.S. Open last month, when he lost to Dominic Thiem. Zverev has said he thinks almost constantly about that final, and he credited it with raising his game in Cologne.

“I had a very tough final in New York and, the next final I played here, I wanted to come out and play my best tennis,” he said.

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COLOGNE , Germany (AP) — Alexander Zverev moved one win from a third title in his native Germany on Saturday and will play Felix Auger - Aliassime in the final of the Cologne Indoors tournament. The Canadian will be going for his first title in Sunday’ s final – his sixth – while Zverev is bidding to make

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The German hadn't played the final of any regular ATP Tour events in 2020 until Sunday. Zverev's previous title was at the clay-court Geneva Open in May 2019 and he is now 12-8 in career finals.

Zverev broke Auger-Aliassime's serve in the first game of the match to establish early control. Zverev broke in the second at 3-2 and saved two break points in his next service game to hold off a fightback from the Canadian.

Auger-Aliassime, of Montreal, is still waiting for his first career title after losing six finals in two seasons, all of them in straight sets. All three of the finals that the 20-year-old Canadian has played this year have been on indoor hard courts.

Zverev said he and Auger-Aliassime had bonded while practicing together in Monaco during the coronavirus pandemic, and he predicted a bright future for the Canadian. “You’re going to be lifting a winner’s trophy very, very soon,” Zverev said.

The Cologne Indoors is the first of two new back-to-back tournaments the city is hosting after the ATP calendar was modified due to the pandemic.

The second Cologne tournament was already holding qualification matches before Sunday's final in the first tournament took place. It will feature Zverev, former top-ranked player Andy Murray and U.S. Open quarterfinalist Denis Shapovalov.


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