Rising Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime confessed he felt extremely happy after beating No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the Cologne semifinal. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 22 in the world, needed three sets to beat world No.
13 Bautista Agut 6-3 1-6 6-3. Bautista Agut, a 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist, was aiming to make his first ATP final of the season. Auger-Aliassime, who has now reached his third final of the season, admitted beating a big name like Bautista Agut is always a big thing for him.
"It’s a good win. It’s good for my confidence to be able to beat Roberto since he beat me last time last year in a tough match,” Auger-Aliassime said after beating Bautista Agut, per the ATP website.
“Obviously I’m happy to beat a player like this today”.
Auger-Aliassime plays No. 1 seed Alexander Zverev in the Cologne final
Auger-Aliassime, who trails the head-to-head against Zverev 2-0, is hoping to clinch his maiden ATP title in his sixth final.
"I’ve practised with him many times back home… hopefully tomorrow I can give myself chances to win. It’s going to be a great battle,” said Auger-Aliassime, who trails their ATP Head2Head series 0-2.
“We’ve already played twice and for sure it’s the start of our careers and we’re going to play many times. This is our first final playing and hopefully not the last”. Auger-Aliassime blew an early first set break but broke Bautista Agut once again in the eighth game, before serving out for the set in the ninth game.
"I think in the first set I played one of the best sets of my career. I was doing everything well,” Auger-Aliassime said. “The ball was going exactly where I wanted to, I was putting pressure and I felt really good from the start”.
Auger-Aliassime easily lost the second set but then started the third set with a 3-0 lead and held on to his serve the rest of the decider to seal the win. "In my mind I knew it was going to still be a difficult match, but the way I started playing and with what I had today in me, I just felt like I would get chances at one point during the match.
Things got a little more difficult in the second set. I didn’t feel like I played so bad, so I kept believing,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I served way better in the third set than I did in the first two sets and that helped me close the deal”.