Alexander Zverev put his personal problems on the back burner on Wednesday, firing up a 6-2, 6-2 win in 56 minutes to make a blistering start to his Paris Masters campaign.
The German fourth seed with two titles this season, has recently absorbed a double hit in his love life – one former girlfriend has accused him of domestic abuse while another is pregnant with his child.
But the 23-year-old shook off the allegations made on social media and got on his game as he crushed Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.
He advanced to the third round in the empty Bercy arena with 33 winners and just 16 unforced errors as he won his ninth match in a row.
Zverev came to the last Masters 1000 of the season after lifting back-to-back trophies at the pair of ATP Cologne events in his home country. He is focusing on the elite eight-man ATP Finals in London starting November 22.
“I’m here to play tennis. I have been doing that well the last few weeks,” he said.
“I want to continue doing that. There is obviously (a few) things going on (off the court). I’m happy to be here and playing tennis.”
Zverev said he has addressed his convoluted personal life already in a social media post and wants to leave it at that.
“I’ve said everything on my Instagram. There is nothing else I can add right now – I’m here to play tennis.
“The relationship has been over for a very long time.”
Zverev on Thursday plays France’s Adrian Mannarino, who defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Australian Alex de Minaur advanced to the third round, taking out last weekend’s Vienna finalist Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 7-5.