Kyle Edmund is up and running in Marrakesh after he comfortably beat Ugo Humbert to progress into the second round.
The British number one was not required to go through the gears, dispatching Humbert in just 89 minutes 6-3, 6-2.
Edmund reached the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II last year only to lose to Pablo Andujar, but looked strong upon his return to the competition.
Edmund now faces a tougher test against Humbert’s fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Tsonga, a wildcard, was ultimately too good for Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and eased to a 6-2. 7-6 (7-3) success.
Gilles Simon is also through, beating Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 6-1, but Mischa Zverev fell 3-6, 0-6 to Taro Daniel.
Top seed Alexander Zverev gets his campaign underway on Tuesday against Denis Istomin, with second seed Fabio Fognini also in action against Jiri Vesely.
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