Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both claimed first-round victories at the China Open on Tuesday.
No. 1 seed Murray was made to fight by Andreas Seppi before winning the match 6-2, 7-5, while Nadal was in imperious form as he comfortably saw off Paolo Lorenzi to make the perfect start to his campaign.
The Spaniard, second seed for the tournament in Beijing, won the event back in 2005 and needs a good run to secure his spot at the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals in London.
And he did not hang around, dismantling his opponent 6-1, 6-1, in just over an hour.
|2016 China Open: Tuesday's Results|
|Rafael Nadal  bt Paolo Lorenzi||6-1, 6-1|
|Andy Murray  bt Andreas Seppi||6-2, 7-5|
|Milos Raonic  bt. Florian Mayer||6-4, 7-6 (1)|
|Jack Sock bt Ze Zhang||6-3, 7-5|
|Alexander Zverev bt Dominic Thiem ||4-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|Andrey Kuznetsov bt. Konstantin Kravchuk||6-1, 6-4|
|Malek Jaziri bt Guido Pella||6-4, 6-4|
|Fabio Fognini bt. Viktor Troicki||2-6, 6-2, 7-5|
|Pablo Carreno Busta bt Bernard Tomic||6-3, 6-1|
|Petra Kvitova  bt Wang Yafan||6-4, 6-1|
|Shuai Zhang bt. Alison Riske||6-4, 4-6 , 7-6 (4)|
|Simona Halep  bt Yanina Wickmayer||6-2, 6-2|
|Caroline Wozniacki vs. Roberta Vinci ||6-3, 6-2|
|Johanna Konta  bt Timea Babos||7-5, 6-2|
|Alize Cornet bt Dominika Cibulkova ||6-2, 5-7, 6-2|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova  bt Misaki Doi||6-1, 7-5|
|ATP World Tour|
There were also wins for Jack Sock and Alexander Zverev.
American Sock came through against China's Ze Zhang in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Meanwhile, fast-improving youngster Zverev sprang a surprise by beating fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem in a final-set decider.
In the women's draw, Petra Kvitova defeated home favourite Wang Yafan in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, to move through to the third round.
Kvitova, the tournament's 14th seed, will next face defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who beat Yulia Putintseva in two sets on Monday.
France's Alize Cornet knocked out No. 10 seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.
Nadal got off to a fast start to gain an early break on his Italian opponent in their match and never looked back.
The favourite raced into a 3-0 lead before Lorenzi held serve for the first time in the fourth game.
Lorenzi tried to work his way back into the set, earning the chance to break back at 3-1, but Nadal, as ever, showed dogged resistance to head off the threat and hold his serve.
It took the Spaniard just 34 minutes to wrap up the opening set 6-1, leaving Lorenzi with a huge challenge to turn the tide in his favour.
Tennis TV highlighted just how dominant Nadal's display was in the first set:
Lorenzi started the second set in better fashion and held his serve to 15 to give him a brief glimmer of gaining some sort of foothold in the encounter.
However, it was a similar story to the opening set as Nadal broke in the next Lorenzi service game.
Nadal's impressive form continued as the Italian, ranked 39th in the world, simply had no answer to his relentless approach, and he was put out of his misery in just one hour and four minutes.
In the next clash, Murray got off to a solid start against Seppi with a break of serve early on.
The British star took little over half an hour to clinch the first set.
The second set saw Seppi up his game to break Murray's serve and go into a 2-1 lead. However, the Italian's resistance was eventually broken at the business end of the set.
Murray was able to benefit from two double faults by Seppi to break again and seal a 6-2, 7-5 win.
In the women's second-round match, Czech ace Kvitova comfortably saw off China's Wang.
Victory means Kvitova extended her record to 21 wins from her last 26 matches and continues the form she showed when winning the Wuhan Open last weekend.
Kvitova was pleased to get her match finished as rain caused delays on the outside courts: