Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime returns the ball during the bett1HULKS Indoors ATP tennis final against Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Cologne, Germany on Sunday October 18, 2020 (Martin Meissner / AP)
COLOGNE, Germany – Alexander Zverev ended his 17-month title wait by tapping into the pain of his US Open Final Defeat to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 and win the Cologne Indoors Sunday
Zverev had a breakthrough year in Grand Slam tournaments with his first semi-final at the Australian Open in January and his first final at the US Open last month, when he lost to Dominic Thiem Zverev said he almost constantly thinks about this final, and he credited it with improving his game in Cologne.
« I had a very difficult final in New York and in the next final I played here I wanted to play my best tennis, » he said.
The German had not made the final of any regular ATP Tour event in 2020 until Sunday Zverev’s previous title was at the Geneva Open on clay in May 2019 and he now has 12-8 in career final
Zverev broke Auger-Aliassime’s serve in the first game of the game to establish early control Zverev broke in the second at 3-2 and saved two break points in his next service game to prevent a Canadian response
Auger-Aliassime is still awaiting his first career title after losing six finals in two seasons, all in consecutive sets The three finals the 20-year-old Canadian has played this year have been on hard indoor courts
Zverev said he and Auger-Aliassime bonded while practicing together in Monaco during the coronavirus pandemic, and he predicted a bright future for the Canadian « You are going to lift the trophy of a very winner, very soon, « Zverev said
The Cologne Indoors are the first of two new consecutive tournaments the city is holding after the ATP schedule changed due to the pandemic
Cologne’s second tournament already had qualifying matches ahead of Sunday’s final of the first tournament It will feature Zverev, former first row player Andy Murray and US Open Quarterfinal Denis Shapovalov
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