ATP Cologne: Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime reach semis



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ATP Cologne: Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime reach semis

The top seed Alexander Zverev is through to the semi-final at home ATP 250 event in Cologne, beating a qualifier Lloyd Harris 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in an hour and 45 minutes. Zverev suffered two breaks in set number two, starting all over in the decider and delivering a bagel that pushed him into the semis.

Harris fought hard in sets one and two, getting broken only twice and gaining momentum ahead of the decider where he lost ground. The South African netted a forehand in the third game to lose serve, allowing Zverev to move 3-1 up with a smash winner in the next one.

Harris saved a break point with an ace in game seven to remain within one break deficit before Zverev closed the set with a great volley at 5-4. They kicked off the second set with breaks and Harris had the upper hand in the remaining games, dropping four points in the next four service games to keep the pressure on Alexander.

The German got broken in game eight and lost a set when the South African placed a perfect forehand down the line winner a few minutes later for 6-3. Out of sudden, Harris faded from the court, taking only ten games in the final set to suffer a bagel and push Zverev into the last four.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is through to his second ATP semi-final (Estoril 2019) following a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 triumph over Dennis Novak in an hour and 55 minutes. The Spaniard prevailed over the Austrian at the US Open and scored another victory in Cologne, winning four points more than his opponent in the encounter that offered 29 break chances!

The Spaniard grabbed eight breaks and gave serve away seven times, five in a row in sets two and three to find himself 2-0 down at the beginning of the decider. Raising his level, Davidovich Fokina claimed six of the next seven games to race over the finish line and remain on the title course.

The 3rd seed Felix Auger-Aliassime needed 71 minutes to dismiss Radu Albot 6-3, 6-0 in their first meeting.

Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime will face the Spaniards in Cologne.

The Canadian played well on both serve and return, getting broken once and stealing almost 60% of the return points, turning them into five breaks and rattling off the final nine games to race into the semis.

They traded breaks at the beginning of the clash and stayed in touch until 3-3 before Felix secured a break in game eight to move 5-3 up. The youngster secured the set in the next game and never looked back, delivering a bagel in set number two just like Zverev to pass another obstacle en route towards the first ATP crown.

Roberto Bautista Agut baked the third bagel of the day in a 7-6, 5-7, 6-0 triumph over Hubert Hurkacz in two and a half hours. The Spaniard lost the second set in the closing stages, stayed focused, and overpowered the opponent when it mattered the most to book the semis' place.