Eighth seed Milos Raonic made a strong start to his campaign, dismissing Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(5).
The Canadian hit 41 winners and converted four of his 15 break points to defeat Tipsarevic, who was playing just his second tour-level match since the 2015 US Open after being sidelined through foot and knee injuries.
The 25-year-old Raonic was forced to miss Roland Garros last year, needing foot surgery, but the year before had reached the quarter-finals (l. to Djokovic).
“I was happy I was quite efficient on court. I was able to move on and really give myself something to prepare for in the next match and to be better,” said Raonic. “I’m in good shape. I feel physically strong and I have no nagging issues to start the tournament, which is nice.”
Tipsarevic was playing just his fourth tournament back after missing eight months due to right knee patella tendonitis. He had previously missed 18 months due to persistent foot issues that ultimately required two surgeries to remove a benign tumor on his left heel.
“I don’t feel I’m completely fit. This preseason was more about staying pain-free than really focusing on getting 100 per cent ready for the clay-court swing,” said Tipsarevic. “But four months ago I was in a hospital having surgery, so I’m happy with where I am now.”