Alexander Zverev defeats Diego Schwartzman to clinch Cologne Championships title — ATP Tour
Oct 28 2020
Schwartzman, seeded at No. 2, needed three sets to beat fifth-seeded Auger-Aliassime 6-4 5-7 6-4 and progress into his third final of the season. Schwartzman appeared to be cruising toward a comfortable straight-set win but Auger-Aliassime recovered from a 5-3 second set deficit to force a decider.
There was little to split the pair in the opening exchanges but Zverev, the top seed, reeled off four straight games from 2-2 to ease into a one-set lead and leave Schwartzman facing an uphill battle.
The 38th-ranked Humbert, who claimed his first title in January in Auckland, hit several forehand winners in a dominant first set and his aggressive play paid dividends in the the second set tiebreaker.
"It's getting better", said Zverev, who thanked his team on court after his triumph.
Zverev reached the USA open final earlier while Schwartzman reached the semi-final at Roland Garros.
Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Argentina's Diego Sebastian Schwartzman. Thilo Schmuelgen, Reuters. I think he is going to be Top 10 very shortly. "He has confidence and he is playing very good tennis, so I have to rest and be ready for tomorrow". "He deserved to win last week here and he was ideal on court". "You really have to win the match against him and I felt like that's what I did".
"Tennis is completely insane sometimes", said Humbert.
"I didn't know two days ago if I could finish the tournament". The Argentine player is still searching for his first title of the year but is in strong form after reaching the French Open semifinals.