The ATP Cologne 2020 is headed towards the end as Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime are set to lock horns in the finals. This will be their fifth meeting, and Auger-Aliassime is still chasing a win over Zverev and more importantly, his first title as a professional.
Alexander Zverev vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime: Preview
As mentioned above, Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime have faced off four times in their careers. The Canadian talent is yet to notch up a win over Zverev and would hope that the bett1HULKS Indoors Finals in Cologne would be the fixture where he gets the elusive victory.
So far, Alexander Zverev has sailed past all his opponents in Cologne. The local favorite has only dropped a set in three matches and would look to secure his first ATP title since the tour resumed.
The 2020 US Open finalist made light work of his Spanish opponent Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and stormed to a straight-set victory. Zverev has won the last nine of his ten matches on hard court. It wouldn’t be surprising if he wins against 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime as well.
For Felix Auger-Aliassime, this is a chance at defying history. The Montreal native has been playing some great tennis. He caused a major upset in the semis by outshining #2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Auger-Aliassime forced his way to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, victory to reach his sixth career ATP finals. “In my mind I knew it was going to still be a difficult match, but the way I started playing and with what I had today in me, I just felt like I would get chances at one point during the match,” Felix Auger-Aliassime said after the semi-final.
Zverev vs. Auger-Aliassime: Prediction
This will be their third meeting on a tour-level as the remaining two came during the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in France this year. However, Alexander Zverev has a healthy advantage going into this match owing to his record.
Moreover, Felix Auger-Aliassime has a disappointing history of making it to the finals and losing. The youngster has played and lost five finals so far, but can he make it sixth time lucky in Cologne?
All of it will depend on how he gets into the match early on. The Canadian is quick on the court and his serves are a thing to fear. Moreover, Zverev’s main point of control is his service as well. If Auger-Aliassime can outplay Zverev defensively, he has every chance of breaking his finals duck.
Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in three sets