Auger-Aliassime hopes it's sixth time lucky in Cologne final

  • Auger-Aliassime hopes it's sixth time lucky in Cologne final

Auger-Aliassime hopes it's sixth time lucky in Cologne final

Zverev, beaten by Dominic Thiem in his first grand slam final at the US Open last month, was knocked out of the French Open in disappointing fashion in the fourth round by Jannik Sinner. Zverev has said he thinks nearly constantly about that final, and he credited it with raising his game in Cologne.

Zverev said he still thinks about it "20 to 25 times a day".

The German hadn't played the final of any regular ATP Tour events in 2020 until Sunday.

World no. 7 claimed the 12th ATP title in a career and the third at home, securing the fifth straight season with at least one ATP trophy beside his name.

Felix Auger-Aliassime set a final with Alexander Zverev at the bett1HULKS Indoors in Cologne.

"In my mind I knew it was goint to be a hard match", said Auger-Aliassime.

At 4-2 he would break to put the set back on serve and it stayed on serve until we reached 5-6 30-40 and Zverev had a match point but the Spaniard world number 71 would save it with another volley victor at the net. The 20-year-old Canadian has played the last nine games of 3-All in the first game and recorded his 20th win in 2020 against 14 losses.

The Canadian produced a comfortable hold in game five to remain within one break deficit before Zverev grabbed the second break at 4-2 when Auger-Aliassime netted a backhand.

The Cologne Indoors is the first of two consecutive competitions the city is hosting as part of the ATP calendar which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second Cologne tournament was already holding qualification matches before Sunday's final in the first tournament took place.