Alexander Zverev won his 13th title by completing the Cologne double with a straightforward 6-2 6-1 victory over Diego Schwartzman to remain unbeaten this past fortnight at the consecutive ‘bett1HULKS Championships’ tournaments.
Today was a day when I felt like I could try things out on the court and a lot of things were working,I’m obviously ver y happy with how I played. Alexander Zverev
“I know in finals you have to play your best tennis to have a chance, so obviously extremely happy with my performance. Probably the best match of the past two weeks here,” Zverev said.
“You really have to win the match against him and I felt like that’s what I did,” the German world ranked seven, added.
Schwartzman had led Zverev 2-1 from their previous meetings, but the German leads 2-0 indoors against the Argentine who has now lost four consecutive finals.
“Today was a day when I felt like I could try things out on the court and a lot of things were working,” Zverev added. “I’m obviously very happy with how I played.”
Schwartzman entered the final after consecutive tough 3-setters over youngsters Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Felix-Auger Aliassime.
“Sascha was much better today,” Schwartzman said. “He deserved to win last week here and today he was perfect on court.”
Both players had no issues holding serve in the first four games but then Zverev, the top seed and favourite, made his breakthrough claiming the first set on a perfectly judged and well executed drop shot after 38-minutes.
Schwartzman, the second seed, tried hard to make a match of it in the second but was unable to slow the momentum Zverev had generated as it became one-way traffic once the Hamburg native held for 3-1.
“Diego is someone you can really struggle with, he is someone who doesn’t miss from the baseline and is really one of the best baseliners and you really have to move him which is what I did,” Zverev explained with some satisfaction following his victory.