Bett1 Hulks Championship Diego Schwartzman beats Felix Auger Aliassime to make the final
Diego Schwartzman returning backhand Christof Koepsel

Diego Schwartzman has booked his spot in Sunday's final at the Bett1Hulks Championships after beating Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime in three sets 6-4, 5-7, and 6-4.

Argentinean flair :

The world number nine was given an early chance to break in the first game of the match and broke the number five seed when he sends a ball wide to make it 1-0. The Argentine held serve and the rest of the set went on serve and the number two seed didn't face a breakpoint for the rest of the set.

He served for the set at 5-4 and would take it 6-4 and was halfway to his first final in Cologne.

The Canadian responds :

The Montreal native wasn't going to go away quietly and had early chances to break this time but the Buenos Aires native did a good saving those breakpoints and holding serve. Once again the Canadian was struggling on serve and at 2-1 would throw in an untimely double fault on breakpoint to give the Argentine a 3-1 lead.

Auger Aliassime backhand return Christof Koepsel
Auger Aliassime backhand return Christof Koepsel

It would stay on serve until 5-4 when the world number five was serving for the match and the Canadian was doing his best to stay in the match. It took two break points but the number five seed would break as the Argentine would send a ball long to make it 5-5.

The world number 22 would hold serve and then went on the offensive looking to send the match to a decider. He had two set points at 15-40 and would take the second set 7-5 with a huge forehand return winner.

The deciding set :

Once again the Montreal native serve was letting him down and in the first game of the third set, he would double fault on break point to give the world number nine an early 1-0 lead. The lead didn't last long as the Canadian would break back the very next game as he would force errors off the Argentine forehand.

Schwartzman backhand return Christof Koepsel
Schwartzman backhand return Christof Koepsel

The breaks kept coming as the number two seed would break once again the very next game as the number five seed would hit two unforced errors in a row. At 3-2 Schwartzman took a medical timeout to have the trainer look at his hand and we thought maybe it might bother him the rest of the match.

It didn't affect him at all and at 4-3 it was Auger Aliassime to call for the trainer this time to look at his leg. The next game was back and forth with the Canadian getting two big chances to break but the Argentine was there each time to save them.

With Schwartzman serving for the match at 5-4 he found himself facing two more breakpoints at 15-40 but managed to save both when Auger Aliassime would hit more errors and found himself at match point which he would seal with a big forehand winner.

"It was tough for me because I had the match in my hand, it was not easy at the end but I find a way to win the match so that's why I am very happy because I am in the final".

Zverev back in the final :

He will now face Alexander Zverev in Sunday's final after the German number one seed to care of Jannik Sinner 7-6, and 6-3 to book his spot in his second consecutive final.

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