Alexander Zverev collected his 12th career title Sunday besting Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 to win the week one Cologne title.
The German star has now won 13 of his last 15 matches and he earns his third career title in his home country.
“It was a good match. [In] the final I played my best tennis, as you should do in a final,” Zverev said. “The week in general was very positive for me. Being back in Germany after over a year was very nice for me.”
The 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime drops to 0-6 in ATP finals, and 0-12 in sets. But at just 20, the fact that he’s made six finals is quite an achievement.
“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,” Zverev said of the Canadian. “We know each other incredibly well… you’re going to be lifting a winner’s trophy very soon.”
Said Auger-Aliassime, “I just played bad from start to finish.”
In the Saturday semifinals, Zverev upended Alejandro Davidovich Fokina while Auger-Aliassime went three with Roberto Bautista Agut.
In a strange twist, week two of the Cologne indoor tournament begins on Monday with both guys playing again.
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