Court Report: Zverev looks like a contender in Monte Carlo opener

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Each day on, we’ll feature Tennis Channel’s Court Report, a rundown of the day that was in the sport—along with our thoughts on what’s happening on the courts around the world.

The road to Roland Garros is in full swing, and Alexander Zverev—who figures to be a dark horse at the season’s second Grand Slam—was in top form at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Monday.

The world No. 20, who won his second career title in Montpellier in February, breezed past Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 6-2, in his opener. The 19-year-old German, seeded 14th in Monte Carlo, will play Feliciano Lopez for a spot in the third round.

In other action in Monaco, world No. 1 Andy Murray was on hand to watch countrymen Kyle Edmund and Daniel Evans duke it out in the first round. Edmund took the first set, 7-5, from his Davis Cup teammate and had an easier time in the second, winning 6-1 on his fourth match point.

Next up for Edmund is none other than reigning champion Rafael Nadal, who has won this tournament nine times.

Ninth-seeded Tomas Berdych also advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov, and Roberto Bautista Agut came from a set down to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. 

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