Published: Mon, October 19, 2020
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Zverev downs hobbled Harris to make Cologne semi-finals

Zverev downs hobbled Harris to make Cologne semi-finals

Zverev said he still thinks about it "20 to 25 times a day".

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.

Victory gave Zverev his 12th ATP title and his third on home soil after he won the Munich Open in 2017 and 2018.

Auger-Aliassime, who is 0-3 against Zverev, has now lost each of his six Tour finals without winning a set.

Bautista Agut improves to 20-7 in the season and faces Canada Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals.

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.

Zverev said he and Auger-Aliassime had bonded while practicing together in Monaco during the coronavirus pandemic, and he predicted a bright future for the Canadian. "I know it doesn't mean much right now, but I'm sure you're not only going to win one title, you're going to win multiple titles in your career, bigger titles than this".

Today, the Canadian simply couldn't keep the ball between the lines on pivotal points-and struggled to make inroads in Zverev service games. Serving at 4-2, Alexander fended off two break chances, having a chance to seal the deal in game nine. When Auger-Aliassime netted a slice backhand, the German had his third break for a 4-2 second-set lead.

"I've practiced with him many times back home".

Before a crowd that included his father, Alexander Zverev, Sr., mother and stroke coach Irina Zverev, brother, Mischa Zverev and his beloved dog, Zverev closed in 79 minutes improving to 19-8 in 2020.

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