Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Henri Laaksonen - 2020 Cologne Open Round of 16
Thursday October 15th, 2020 / 11:30am EST
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Third Seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime faces Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen in the Round of 16 of the 2020 Cologne Open/Bett1Hulks Indoors. The match takes place on Thursday October 15th, 2020. The young Canadian leads the head to head 1-0 but they have never faced each on this surface. Felix Auger-Alissame is one of the game's future stars, will he advance to the Quarterfinals or will the Swiss player spring the upset here in Cologne?
FAA is truly a Next-Generation Superstar. Despite his young age he is already one of the top 25 players in the world and has been rapidly rising up the rankings. He enters this tournament in poor form, having lost in the First Round in Rome and the French Open, and the Second Round in Hamburg. He will be looking to get his 2020 season back on track here with a deep run in the tournament. FAA possesses a huge all-around game and is an incredible athlete. He likes to dictate play with his strong forehand and can overpower players from the baseline. He is one of the favorites to lift the titles here and will expect to win this match despite his poor form.
His opponent, Henri Laaksonen is unfancied on paper but is on a three match winning streak here in Germany, having qualified and impressively beating Daniel Altmaier in the first round for the loss of only one set. Like the Canadian he has a very strong serve so it is likely that this match will be filled with short and aggressive points. He will be a huge underdog here as his ranking (#139) suggests and he will have to be at his very best to even have a small chance of winning this match. One thing that is working in his favor is that his opponent is yet to play a hard court match after the clay swing so it may take him some time to adjust.
FAA is going to win this match very comfortably. Laaksonen is a good player but he is simply not on the same level as the Canadian. I expect Auger-Alissime to take a little while to acclimatize to the conditions but once he does then he should cruise into the Quarterfinals. Felix Auger-Aliassime to win.