Alexander Zverev claimed four ATP titles in 2018, finishing the season with the ATP Finals crown and in the top-4 behind Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. Almost 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.
World no. 7 claimed the 12th ATP title in a career and the third at home, securing the fifth straight season with at least one ATP trophy beside his name. Alexander lost one set en route to the first ATP crown in more than 16 months, struggling a bit against Lloyd Harris and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina but playing on a high level against Felix to seal the deal in under 80 minutes.
It was the sixth loss in the ATP finals for the young Canadian from as many title matches, still seeking the first ATP trophy after finishing on the losing side in all three indoor hard title matches in 2020. Alexander defeated Felix twice in 2019 and is still perfect against the 20-year-old, dropping only 12 points in nine service games today to give serve away only once.
On the other hand, the Canadian suffered four breaks from ten opportunities offered to the German, unable to deal with the rival’s backhand and making too many errors. Zverev grabbed a break in the first game when Auger-Aliassime netted a backhand and held at love with a service winner to open an early lead.
Felix added his name on the scoreboard with an unreturned serve in game three before the German fired a booming serve for a hold at love and a 3-1 advantage.
Alexander Zverev claimed the 12th ATP title at home in Cologne.
The Canadian produced a comfortable hold in game five to remain within one break deficit before Zverev grabbed the second break at 4-2 when Auger-Aliassime netted a backhand.
Serving for the set, Alexander hit two double faults to experience a break, fixing that a few minutes later following another break that wrapped up the opener for him. The returners claimed only one point in the first three games of the second set and Felix saved a break point in game four to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard.
Zverev held at love with a service winner to move in front again, securing a break in game six to move closer to the finish line. Serving at 4-2, Alexander fended off two break chances, having a chance to seal the deal in game nine. The German held at 30 to bring the victory home and start the title celebration, the first in many months.