Daniil Medvedev, the world number two in tennis, advanced to the second round of the French Open with a straight-set victory over Argentine Facundo Bagnis.
Medvedev, the US Open champion, defeated Bagnis, the 103rd-ranked player, 6-2 6-2 6-2.
Last year, the former world number one reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time, after losing in the first round in each of his previous four visits to Paris.
After that, he’ll meet either Serb Laslo Djere or Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
“Roland Garros is one of my favorite tournaments, especially since last year.
I’m hoping to go even further this year “Following a hernia repair in April, Medvedev was concerned about his participation.
“I didn’t believe I’d be able to play on clay after the operation, but with the help of the doctor and rehab, I was able to return.
Physically, I am in perfect condition.”
Bagnis, 32, reacted quickly when his serve was broken in the first game, but that was to be the only ray of light on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Second seed Medvedev put on a spectacular performance, winning nine consecutive games to close out the first set and take a commanding 4-0 lead in the second.
Because of the war in Ukraine, the Russian was unable to compete under his national flag, and his progress was hampered when Bagnis, who was suffering from a calf injury, broke back to tie the third set at 2-2.
But that just helped to refocus Medvedev, who went on to win the next four games in a matter of minutes and 38 seconds.