Alexander wins battle of Zverev brothers

Updated: Aug 04, 2018, 09:22 IST | AFP

It was the first ATP meeting for the German siblings, Alex, 21, beating Mischa, 30, as he rarely did in boyhood battles

Alexander wins battle of Zverev brothers
Germany's Alexander Zverev

Defending champion Alexander Zverev took bragging rights in his sibling rivalry, beating older brother Mischa 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the Washington Open quarter-finals.

It was the first ATP meeting for the German siblings, Alex, 21, besting Mischa, 30, as he rarely did in boyhood battles.

'Great time'
"We had a great time," Alex said. "I was happy and enjoying the moment. We played near our best. It was unbelievable. I just hope it happens again and I hope it happens at later stages of bigger tournaments. I hope we meet again someday in a final."

Mischa was nearly in tears at the start at a family dream come true. "When we came back to the benches I had to fight back my tears," he said. "It was a big day, big match. It was very emotional for me. It was just a great day."

Alex will next face Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, who dispatched Canadian ninth seed Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.

Venus advances
Meanwhile, Venus Williams held off Britain's Heather Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the hardcourt tournament in California. Williams is the highest seed left in a tournament that saw second-seed Madison Keys follow Garbine Muguruza in pulling out because of injury.

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