Cologne (AP) - Number one on the seeding list against number three, Alexander Zverev against Felix Auger-Aliassime: The first of the two tennis tournaments in Cologne ends with a delightful final (2 p.m. / WDR).
The duel with the young Canadian will be "extremely interesting," said Zverev.
The only 20-year-old Auger alias, number 22 in the world, is considered one of the future stars in the tennis scene.
With the three-set win against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, he reached a final for the sixth time on Saturday.
However, he has lost all five finals so far, one of them at the lawn tournament in Stuttgart last year.
"It is going to be difficult.
Sascha is a great player.
He has the level that he can beat any player in the world, but I accept the challenge, "said Auger-Aliassime, looking forward to his next chance at the premiere title:" There were so many uncertainties this year .
We didn't know if we would play again.
To be in a final again feels good, it's good for my confidence. "
The balance speaks for the Hamburg Zverev.
The two duels so far last year, in Beijing on hard court and in Monte Carlo on clay, were decided by the seventh in the world rankings in two sets.
“We trained a lot together, he knows my game well, I know his game well.
It will be a tough fight, ”said Auger-Aliassime.
US Open finalist Zverev is aiming for his twelfth tournament victory and wants to put an end to his months of waiting for a title since the success of the end of May 2019 in Geneva.
The fact that he has celebrated at least one title every year since 2016 is a statistic that is important to him, said Zverev.
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