Zverev downs hobbled Harris to make Cologne semi-finals

Zverev downs hobbled Harris to make Cologne semi-finals

Nearly two years later, the German has finally won the second title after that massive success (the first came in Geneva last year), beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 19 minutes to become an inaugural Cologne champion.

A heavy forehand from his 20-year-old opponent handed Zverev victory on his first match point, as he secured a 12th Tour title.

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

"He played much better tennis and I think he's somebody who is going to go up the [FedEx ATP] Rankings very quickly", Zverev said.

Also Read | Kane Williamson Praised Online for His Quick Knock Despite Batting With Hamstring Injury During SRH vs KKR IPL 2020 Match. Zverev grabbed a break in the first game when Auger-Aliassime netted a backhand and held at love with a service victor to open an early lead.

Zverev, who won 80 per cent of points behind his first serve, assumed control after breaking the Canadian in the opening game and again to lead 5-2.

Auger-Aliassime is still waiting for his first career title after losing six finals in two seasons, all of them in straight sets.

"I just played bad from start to finish", Auger-Aliassime said. It's his first appearance in Germany since playing in Hamburg previous year.

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. It will feature Zverev, former top-ranked player Andy Murray and U.S. Open quarterfinalist Denis Shapovalov.

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