Bett 1 Hulks Cologne Indoors: Alexander Zverev into the final after beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Alexander Zverev into the final Defodi Images

Alexander Zverev the tournament number one seed is into the final of the Bett 1 Hulks Indoors being played at the Lanxess Arena after beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets 7-5 and 7-6.

German flair :

The first was a pretty tight affair and both players were doing a good job of holding serve. At 2-3 the Spanish world number 71 took a medical timeout to have the trainer work on his right leg as he seemed to be in some discomfort.

After the timeout, normal play resumed, and once again no player was able to get any breakpoints on their opponents serve. Zverev got two set points at 5-6 15-40 but Davidovich Fokina was up to the task at saving both as the German number one seed hit two unforced errors in a row.

The Hamburg native would earn a third set point winning a point with a great volley winner and converted at the third time of asking when the Malaga native would send a ball wide.

Davidovich Fokina backhand return Christof Koepsel
Davidovich Fokina backhand return Christof Koepsel

German finish :

The Spaniard had an early chance to break in the first game of the second set but the seventh-ranked player in the world would be able to save it with a big serve. He held serve and we didn't see another breakpoint until 1-2 and the German was in no mood to play games and looked like he was upping his game earning that breakpoint with a great passing shot.

Davidovich Fokina would save the breakpoint with an incredible volley winner but the number one seed would not be denied and broke at the third time of asking to take a 3-1 lead. He would consolidate the break and the Spaniard would be able to hold serve before going back on the offensive to try and get the break back.

At 4-2 he would break to put the set back on serve and it stayed on serve until we reached 5-6 30-40 and Zverev had a match point but the Spaniard world number 71 would save it with another volley winner at the net.

Zverev with the backhand slice  Christof Koepsel
Zverev with the backhand slice Christof Koepsel

The set would be decided by a tiebreaker and in that breaker, the German number one seed would take an early 3-1 lead. During that point, the Spaniard called for a medical timeout again as he had cut his hand and needed repairs.

Zverev won the breaker 7-3 and the match to book a spot in Sunday final where he will face Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime.

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