Alexander Zverev, “Deutsche Qualitat”. On his home soil, at the ATP 250 in Cologne, the German won the 12th title of his career after his victory against Felix Auger-Aliassime (6-3, 6-3). The 7th in the world was much more complete and patient than the Canadian, who suffered his 6th defeat in the 6 finals on the circuit.
Alexander Zverev built this success by showing himself to be very solid in important moments. The lanky German broke from the first game of the meeting, never releasing the embrace. The 7th in the world has especially effectively protected his entry, thanks to a good quality of first balls (80% of points gained behind his first on the whole of the meeting).
A 12th career title
More patient, capable of good backhand acceleration, Zverev also used the slice wisely to slow down the game when needed. And if the second set was slightly more contested, the German pressed the accelerator at 3-2 to pierce the opponent’s breastplate.
The only real fear for the youngest Zverev: several gross double faults (5 in total in the match) which almost offered a break to his opponent. But the native of Hamburg tightened the game to win after 1:19 of play, clinching his 12th career title at just 23 years old, and the first in this special year 2020.
On the other hand, Felix Auger-Aliassime is likely to think a little more after this defeat. The Canadian suffered his 6th setback in six finals on the circuit. Borrowed at the start of the game, often too greedy in the exchange, “FAA” definitely seems to have difficulty managing the pressure of these high-stakes matches. But only 20 years old, there is no doubt that the talented native of Montreal will repair this anomaly rather quickly.