World number 22 Felix Auger-Aliassime faces Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen ranked 139th in the world in what will be the second round of the 2020 Cologne Open on Wednesday, October 14. The match is likely to start sometime after 12 pm local time (11 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Henri Laaksonen match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Henri Laaksonen Head to Head
This is the second match between these two players with their first having come on the Challenger circuit. It was played on clay and Auger-Aliassime had come through in straight sets to make it to the quarterfinal of the 2018 Marburg Challenger.
Auger-Aliassime Has a Stellar Indoor Record This Year
The Canadian is yet to win an ATP title in his career but he did come close to doing that earlier this year on two separate occasions. This is when he reached the final at two tournaments played in 2020.
Both the tournaments, at Rotterdam and Marseille, had come on indoor hard courts, and the losses came at the hands of Gael Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas. While the defeats would have been heart-wrenching given Auger-Aliassime is still awaiting his first title, the experience of winning those matches to get to the final would have been an experience to remember for him.
Since the resumption of tennis following the pandemic break, Auger-Aliassime made it to the fourth round at the US Open as well, the first time he has done so at a major in his career. And his loss came to Dominic Thiem, with the Austrian going all the way to win the title there.
These results are a far cry from how Auger-Aliassime’s season had begun, suffering three defeats in four ATP Cup matches and an opening round ouster at the Australian Open as well. The form is with Auger-Aliassime and he looks to be a favourite not just for this encounter but also has a good chance of going all the way.
Laaksonen Sends out French Open Star
After a couple of easy opponents during the qualifiers, Laaksonen faced Daniel Altmaier in the first round here. Now, Altmaier is a clay court specialist but when you have the kind of form he has had in the lead-up to this tournament, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise the German was a favourite coming into the encounter.
Altmaier, who was a qualifier at the French Open but went on to make it to the fourth round – his best performance in any tournament, let alone Grand Slam – won the first set against Laaksonen and looked like he was on his way to an easy win.
The Swiss retaliated with a solid comeback by levelling up in the second set and while he was unable to serve it out at 5-4 in the final set, Laaksonen took the set and the match in a tie-breaker.
Incidentally, this was Laaksonen’s first ever main draw win in an ATP competition this year. Can he double it up?
Auger-Aliassime v Laaksonen Prediction and Tip
While Auger-Aliassime hasn’t played on hard court surfaces since the first week of September, he will be a heavy favourite to go through in straight sets against a player ranked 139th in the world.
Tip: Auger-Aliassime to win in straight sets: 4/5 (bet365)