Alexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime yesterday at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The German, who is based in the Principality, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semi-final last month.
The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.
That may be starting to change.
“This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week.