Rising star Alexander Zverev produced an impressive clay-court display to dismantle Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 in just 68 minutes at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Monday.
Zverev, the 14th seed, made the most of the Monte Carlo sunshine, breaking three times and saving one break point during the 27-minute opening set.
On several occasions, the young German pulled out the drop shot from the baseline to leave Seppi floundering.
Seppi came under huge pressure in his first service game of the second set, and even though he managed to hold on for 1-1, it only managed to delay the inevitable.
Zverev would claim further breaks in the sixth and eighth games to wrap up his 12th victory of the year in style.
The 19-year-old has impressed on all surfaces but could be a clay court player for the future.
“I like playing on clay,” admitted Zverev. “It's the surface I grew up on. In Europe, you play most of the season on clay. I actually don't know what my favourite surface is, and I don't actually have a least favourite surface. It more depends on how I play during the time. It more depends on which form I'm in, more than the surface.”
Asked how he changed his approach for the start of the clay court season, Zverev added: “Not a lot of things change. I think maybe your return position changes a little bit. Your serve variation maybe changes a little bit. But I think from the back, a lot of players play [a] similar style.”
Next up for Zverev is the winner of the match between Feliciano Lopez and Daniil Medvedev.
All of Monday's first-round results
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Renzo Olivo (Argentina) 6-2 6-3
Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Fabio Fognini (Italy) 7-6(0) 6-7(4) 6-3
Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 1-6 6-3 6-4
Kyle Edmund (Britain) beat Daniel Evans (Britain) 7-5 6-1
Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 4-6 6-3 6-1
Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-1 6-2
Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 1-6 6-3 7-5
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-1 7-6(3)
Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-3 6-0