Cologne (AP) – Number one on the placement list against number three, Alexander Zverev against Felix Auger-Aliassime: The first of the two tennis tournaments in Cologne ends with a wonderful 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 world.

With the win of three sets against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, he reached a final for the sixth time on Saturday. However, so far he has lost all five finals, one of them last year at the grass tournament in Stuttgart.

“It’s going to be tough. Sascha is a great player. He’s at the level that he can beat any player in the world, but I’m up to the challenge,” said Auger-Aliassime, looking forward to his next chance at the premieres. Title: “There was so much uncertainty this year. We didn’t know if we would play again. Being in a final again feels good, it is good for my self-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 number seven in the world in two sets. “We trained together a lot, 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 win and wants to end his months of waiting for a title since the success of late May 2019 in Geneva. The fact that he has celebrated at least one title every year since 2016 is a statistic that matters to him, Zverev said.

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