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Grigor Dimitrov advances at Rotterdam Open

By The Sports Xchange
Grigor Dimitrov advances at Rotterdam Open
Grigor Dimitrov returns the ball. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria earned his 15th win of the year with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 victory over Germany's Mischa Zverev on Wednesday at the Rotterdam Open in the Netherlands.

The fifth-seeded Dimitrov lost only once in 2017, a semifinal defeat against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open last month. Zverev upset world No. 1 Andy Murray of England in Melbourne.

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"I'm pleased with the win," Dimitrov said, via Sky Sports. "Mischa did not make it easy for me with his game. I had to fight to win."

Dimitrov will face world No. 76 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Thursday.

Defending tournament champion Martin Klizan of Slovakia held off Germany's Philipp Kohlschriber 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1 in second-round play.

Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France bested Luxemborg's Gilles Miller 6-4, 6-2 and Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in their second-round matches.

In other action, second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria battled past teenager Alexander Zverev of Germany, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Third seed David Goffin of Belgium breezed past Russian Andy Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-2 in his Round of 32 match. Kuznetsov won the Sofia Open last week in Bulgaria.

France's Richard Gasquet had no problem brushing aside Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2 in their round one bout.

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