Alexander Zverev will bid to extend a career-long win streak as the German bids to earn a 2020 trophy in Sunday’s final in Koln.

“Sascha” has lifted a title every year of his professional career, starting with Munich in 2017; the 23-year-old is determined to keep the dream alive when he plays Felix Auger-Aliassime 

The last of Zverev’s nine ATP trophies – including two Masters 1000s and the 2018 ATP Finals – came in May, 2019 in Geneva.

“I’ve had a tournament every year since 2016 won the tour. That is a statistic that is important to me,” Zverev said. 

I’m in the final of a new tournament in Germany and I want to be the winner in the end.”

The German No. 1 booked his place in the Rhine city of Koln as he defeated Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina  7-5, 7-6(3), in just under two hours.

Canadian teen Auger-Aliassime spent about the same time in taking down another Spaniard, second seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Zverev won both of their previous Tour matches, both played in 2019.

Zverev was in command 7-5, 4-1 when he suffered a slight lapse and had to break his opponent to take the second set into a winning tiebreaker,

“I didn’t do it on purpose, Zverev said, “the important thing is to find a way to win the match – and I did it today,”

“I’ve never lost to Felix, but he’s a very good player so it won’t be easy. I think it’s also interesting for the tournament that two young players are in the final, ”said Zverev.

Auger-Aliassime will be entering his sixth ATP final and is seeking his breakthrough title.

The No. 22 has come close in finals at Rio de Janeiro, Lyon and Stuttgart and this year in Rotterdam and Marseille. 

“It’s good for my self-confidence to reach a final again and thus have the chance of a title. I’ll try my best tomorrow, ” the 19-year-old said.


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