Italy’s 2019 NextGen champion Jannick Sinner laid on a straight-sets thrashing of Marton Fucsovics on Monday to advance in his opening match at the ATP Sofia event.
The 19-year-old ranked 44th kept his Hungarian opponent under constant pressure in their 93-minute meeting, with the teenager posting a 6-2, 6-4 result.
Sinner forced Fucsovic to defend 18 break points, with the Italian breaking on five of them while absorbing six aces.
The winner next plays Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler, ranked 149 and winner of two Challenger titles since September.
A pair of veteran Frenchmen advanced, with Richard Gasquet defeating Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, -64 while 36-year-old qualifier Gilles Simon advanced past Andrej Martin 6-2, 6-2.
Both took less than 90 minutes to go through in the Bulgarian capital.