Second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win against Great Britain's Daniel Evans in the first round of the Hamburg European Open on Wednesday in Germany.
Tsitsipas won 14 of 19 points at the net, struck four aces and saved the only break point he faced in the 59-minute encounter. He will face Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in the second round.
"It's very satisfying to be playing that level of tennis, as I've missed playing on clay," Tsitsipas said. "It helps for my confidence. I've watched this tournament on TV since I was very young and I'm delighted to have gotten off to a strong start."
Meanwhile in second-round action Wednesday, No. 4 seed Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain outlasted Germany's Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Up next for Bautista-Agut is No. 5 Andrey Rublev of Russia, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 winner against American Tommy Paul.
Cristian Garin of Chile advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann. He will meet Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik, who knocked out Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2. Norway's Cristian Ruud won his first-round match, leading 6-4, 2-0 when France's Benoit Paire retired.
--Field Level Media