ATP Cologne: Felix Auger-Aliassime tops Roberto Bautista Agut to set Zverev clash



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ATP Cologne: Felix Auger-Aliassime tops Roberto Bautista Agut to set Zverev clash

In the 3rd and 2nd seeds battle, Felix Auger-Aliassime took down Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in an hour and 50 minutes. Thus, the young Canadian advanced to his sixth ATP final, seeking the first ATP crown against the home star and the top seed Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

Bautista Agut defeated Auger-Aliassime at the Davis Cup Finals last year in Madrid, unable to repeat the feat despite an excellent performance in set number two. Thanks to that part of the encounter, the Spaniard claimed four points more than the Canadian, with both players converting three out of six break chances.

Felix started all over in the decider and brought the victory home with an early break, securing the place in the third indoor final of the season. The youngster held at love in the first game and converted the fourth break chance in game two following a volley winner to build an early advantage.

Auger-Aliassime cemented the lead with an ace, dropping it at 3-1 when he sent two forehands wide to hand a break to Roberto. The Spaniard held at 15 to level the score at 3-3 before losing ground completely, suffering a break at 15 when Felix placed a forehand down the line winner in game eight and handing the set to his rival when the youngster held at 15 for 6-3.

The more experienced player had the upper hand in set number two, dropping three points behind the initial shot and earning two breaks to leave Felix behind. Bautista Agut held in the first game with a service winner and broke Auger-Aliassime at 15 to move in front.

A volley winner sent the Spaniard 3-0 in front before he grabbed a break in game six to drive him further ahead, closing the set with a hold at love at 5-1 to gain momentum ahead of the decider.

Felix Auger-Aliassime will compete in the sixth ATP final in Cologne.

The youngster held from 30-15 down in the first game of the final set and forced an error from Bautista Agut to open a 2-0 gap.

Felix placed an ace down the T line to forge a 3-0 advantage, producing another one at 3-1 to remain in front and move closer to the finish line. With no room for errors, Roberto held at love in game six to stay within one break deficit and created a break chance in the next one, denied by a service winner from Auger-Aliassime who held thanks to a beautiful serve & drive-volley combo for a 5-2 lead.

Serving for the win at 5-3, the Canadian fired four winners to seal the deal in style, chasing the first ATP title on Sunday after losing the previous five finals he had entered.