Brothers Alexander and Mischa Zverev were both handed 3-set losses Wednesday in Rotterdam. The older Mischa fell to the hot-handed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.
The Bulgarian who just won Sofia this weekend, is now 15-1 on the season.
“For the first time in my career I have won so many matches in a short period,” Dimitrov said. “I had to get used to it because three days ago I was playing the final in Sofia. It’s going very quick. The most important is to stay healthy and to do the right things.”
Alexander followed and he too won the first set but was unable to hold to lead falling to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“The decisive break in the third set was decisive,” said Thiem.
“After that I could keep my nerves and I was returning well. I’m happy with my performance and win over a player who was having a good run. This was my best match in a long time. ”
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Gilles Muller among the second round matches.
Both Dimitrov and Thiem return tomorrow against Denis Istomin and Gilles Simon, respectively. Thiem leads Simon 3-2.
“That will not be an easy game. We have no secrets,” Thiem commented.
Tomas Berdych also takes the court against Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic meets Borna Coric.
THURSDAY ROTTERDAM SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
 T. Berdych (CZE) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
 M. Cilic (CRO) vs B. Coric (CRO)
[WC] R. Haase (NED) vs  D. Goffin (BEL)
Not Before 7:30 pm
 G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [LL] D. Istomin (UZB)
G. Simon (FRA) vs  D. Thiem (AUT)
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