Seventh seed Hurkacz also through
The German, who was making his Olympic debut, hit nine aces and won 85 per cent (22/26) of his first-service points to advance to the second round in 61 minutes. Zverev will next face Daniel Elahi Galan, after the Colombian defeated Mohamed Safwat 7-5, 6-1.
Seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz also advanced as he defeated Australian Luke Saville 6-2, 6-4 in 60 minutes. The Pole, who lifted the Miami Open presented by Itau trophy in April, will meet Great Britain’s Liam Broady in the second round after the lefty battled past Argentine Francisco Cerundolo 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2.
The ROC’s Karen Khachanov rallied back to beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to book his spot in the second round. Khachanov broke the World No. 55 four times to set up a meeting with Australia’s James Duckworth.
Two-time Olympic singles gold medallist (2012 and 2016) Andy Murray was forced to withdraw ahead of his opening match against #NextGenATP Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a right quad injury. Australian Max Purcell has replaced the Brit in the draw.