Alexander Zverev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - 2020 Cologne Open Semifinal
Saturday October 17th, 2020 / 8:00am EST
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Top seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany faces Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Semifinals of the 2020 Cologne Open / Bett1Hulk Indoor Championships. Both players needed three sets in the Quarterfinals to advance. Will Zverev cruise to the title as expected or can the Spaniard shock the world number 7?
Alexander Zverev has played some good tennis this week here in Cologne. He needed three sets to overcome South African Lloyd Harris which may seem like a surprise, but they have actually gone the distance in every match that they have played against each other. Zverev possesses a unique blend of offence and defence that enables him to play multiple game styles, depending on the situation. He has been very aggressive here at home, aiming to dominate opponents with his serve and big groundstrokes. Zverev beat Fokina in straight sets at the 2020 US Open during his run to the final, so he will be very confident in winning here.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is a very promising youngster who is now beginning to rise up the ranks and show that he belongs at this level. He has been having an outstanding year this far and sits at a career high top 75 ranking. He has had some impressive wins here in Cologne over Marin Cilic, Emil Ruusuovouri and Dennis Novak and will be aiming to reach his first ATP final. He has a very solid game and can be very aggressive, but he is best known for his knack of playing drop shots which he uses very effectively to unsettle his opponents. He will have to be very consistent and mix his game up which will frustrate his opponent (who is not known for doing well under pressure)
Alexander Zverev is the clear favorite to win this match and he should do it with relative ease. Davidovich Fokina is a very talented player and is definitely one for the future but he is simply not on the German's level at this stage in his career. Once Zverev doesn't let his focus slip away as he did against Harris and can keep his errors down, he should have no trouble cruising to the final on home soil. Alexander Zverev to win and advance to the Semifinals.