Six days after his title in Cologne, Alexander Zverev is again in the final … in Cologne: the German, 7th player in the world, landed his ticket by beating on Saturday the young Italian hope Jannik Sinner, 7-6 (7/3 ), 6-3. Due to the upheaval in the world tennis calendar linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic, two tournaments were organized in October in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.
After a hooked first set, Zverev, who had yet appeared physically diminished on Friday during his quarter-final against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, began serving Sinner, 19 years old and 46th in the world, in the second round, for the ‘take away in 1h49. The 23-year-old native of Hamburg will therefore attempt on Sunday to secure a double in Cologne and to conquer his 13th career title.
For this, he will have to defeat the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, 9th in the world and semi-finalist at Roland Garros. Schwartzman disposed of him in three sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) from the young Canadian, Zverev’s unfortunate opponent last week in the final of the Cologne 1 tournament.
The 28-year-old Argentinian nevertheless had some scares: while he seemed to have the cards in hand and he was used to win the match in the second set, he saw his young 20-year-old opponent return. pushed him to play a third round. But after a hesitant start, he was able to regain the ascendancy to finally win.
After a great season on clay, Schwartzman will try to win his first title in 2020 on Sunday, and his 4th in his career. Zverev, who saw the US Open pass in front of him in mid-September when he was two sets ahead of Dominic Thiem in the final, will be looking for a double in Cologne and a 13th title in career.