December 4, 2020

Zverev prevails in Cologne and Rublev in Saint Petersburg

The German Alexander Zverev won the title in the Cologne tournament by beating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime this Sunday in the final by 6-3 and 6-3.

It is the fifth year in a row that Zverev has won an ATP title in at least one season. It was his fifth final in Germany, where he has also won in Munich, twice and had been a finalist in Halle another two.

This time, the champion of last year’s ATP Finals, He got it against a rival he knows perfectly and to which he had not given up a single sleeve in the two previous matches.

It took 80 minutes for the Spanish disciple David Ferrer to take over the game, scoring his tenth hard court win after passing through the final of the United States Open.

Auger-Aliassime, executioner of the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals, could not again with Zverev and let slip for the sixth time an occasion to inaugurate his record on the ATP circuit.

Rublev, prophet in his land

Russian Andrei Rublev won the St. Petersburg Tennis Open on Sunday, his fourth title of the year, by beating Croatian Borna Coric in two sets, 7-6 (5) and 6-4.

Rublev, what premiered as “top ten” In the tournament in the former Russian imperial capital, he did not give a chance to his rival, who was also a finalist in last year’s edition.

The Russian, who turns 23 next Tuesday, endured well the Coric’s powerful first serve and he was better at exchanging blows from the bottom.

In the first round, both players asserted their service, so it was decided in the tiebreaker, in which Rublev was most effective.

The second set ran according to the same script until the fifth game, when Rublev managed to break the Croatian’s serve, after which the Russian tennis player, supported by his audience, It was enough for him to keep his serve to win.

The St. Petersburg Open, which has been held since 1995, this year it rose to the ATP 500 category and distributed more than 1.2 million dollars in prizes.

It was played with the public, although, due to the restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus epidemic, it did not exceed the 50 percent capacity of the Sibur-Arena complex, with capacity for about 7,000 spectators.


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