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“You’re an Unbelievable Player”: Alexander Zverev Applauds Felix Auger-Aliassime After Winning ATP Cologne 2020

“You’re an Unbelievable Player”: Alexander Zverev Applauds Felix Auger-Aliassime After Winning ATP Cologne 2020

World No. 7 Alexander Zverev won his third ATP title on home soil after clinching Betts1HULKS Indoors. Zverev defeated the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, 6-3, 6-3 in the final, and ended his 17-month wait for a title. The German won 80% of the points of his first serve and now leads 3-0 in his rivalry against Auger-Aliassime.

Zverev broke Felix’s serve early in the opening set to take a 3-1 lead and eventually won the first set comfortably. The second set was no different, with Zverev breaking his opponent’s serve to go 4-2 up and then holding his remaining service games to wrap up the match in one hour 20 minutes.

During the post-match ceremony, Zverev reflected on the heartbreaking loss at the US Open final and expressed what his thoughts had been before entering the final. With this victory, he has won the 12th title of his career and has continued his streak of winning at least one ATP title each year since 2016.

“I had a very tough final in New York and the next final I played here I wanted to come out and obviously play my best tennis, finish the match,” Zverev said.

Alexander Zverev applauds Felix

Alexander Zverev at bett1HULKS Indoors
Tennis – ATP 250 – bett1HULKS Indoors – Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany – Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates winning the final against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

The No.1 seed applauded Auger-Aliassime’s efforts and assured the Canadian that he will win multiple titles in his career. The 20-year-old Felix was aiming to win his maiden career title but got beaten in straight sets.

“Felix, you’re an unbelievable player. I know it doesn’t mean much right now, but I’m sure you are not only going to win one title, you’re going to win multiple, multiple titles in your career, bigger titles than this. You’re going to be lifting a winner’s trophy very soon,” remarked Zverev.

Zverev has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals for the fourth time in his career and had won the tournament back in 2018. He pocketed €24,880 in prize money for winning the title and added 250 ranking points to his tally.

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