Alexander Zverev looked ready to go one step further at the season’s last ATP Masters 1000 event, one year after reaching the final of the Rolex Paris Masters.
On Wednesday, the German got off to a strong start at Paris-Bercy, defeating Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 40 minutes to advance to the third round.
The fourth seed will face Grigor Dimitrov, who beat 2018 champion Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.
Zverev is in the form of his life, having won 26 of his last 28 matches dating back to the commencement of the Tokyo Olympics, where he won the gold medal in singles.
Nineteen of the 26 victories have been by a landslide.