The brothers Alexander and Mischa Zverev are both in Washington this week. The younger 18-year-old Alexander is one of the promising stars and he won his first round match yesterday beating fellow teen Yoshihito Nishioka.
Mischa, who’s battled injuries recently in his career, lost in the qualifying second round to Ryan Harrison, but hopes to return to the Top 100 and join his brother.
“We’re going to play each other for the next 15 years, hopefully,” Alexandar said of Nishioka yesterday to the Washington Post. “Of course, we know our games pretty well from juniors and hopefully we can all be better than we are right now, all be higher in the rankings.
“That’s our goal. I think I can speak for all of us. We’re all not satisfied where we are right now. We want to get better and improve every day, and that’s what we’re all doing. We’re working very hard.”
Alexander began the year ranked No. 136, he’s now at No. 94 after reaching a career-high in June of No. 74.
This season he’s qualified at three tournaments, won the Heilbronn Challenger and just last month the 6-foot-6 German reached his second ATP level final in Bastad, losing to Tommy Robredo. Last year as a 17-year-old he made it to the Hamburg semis where he lost to David Ferrer.
Alexander will play Kevin Anderson in the second round.
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