Rafael Nadal powered into the second round at the Mexican Open Tuesday, breezing past Germany's Mischa Zverev in straight sets to advance to a meeting with Australia's Nick Kyrgios.
World No. 2 Nadal, playing in his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in last month's Australian Open final, was always in control during a 6-3, 6-3 victory.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion completed the victory in 1hr 20min, defeating his 76th ranked opponent with ease.
"I'm happy for the victory. It's never easy against Mischa, especially without competing for a while," said Nadal.
"I'll try to enjoy this moment for the next few hours and then be ready for tomorrow," added Nadal, who said he is wary of the threat posed by the mercurial Kyrgios.
"Nick is one of the most talented players on tour," Nadal said. "It's a big challenge for me and I hope to be ready for it."
Elsewhere Tuesday, Zverev's younger brother Alex had little difficulty in advancing to the second round, defeating Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3.