Alexander Zverev was in commanding form as Germany took a 2-0 lead over Hungary on a busy opening day of Davis Cup qualifying.
Zverev has repeatedly criticised the recently revamped competition, but has still taken his place in Germany’s line-up.
They will be grateful that he did, too, after his 6-2 6-2 win over Peter Nagy doubled the Germans’ advantage following Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame Zsombor Piros 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-4.
In total, twelve ties are taking place with places in the new-look Davis Cup finals in November up for grabs.
The twelve winners will join Croatia, France, USA, Spain, Great Britain, and Argentina in Madrid for the finals.
In the other ties, Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic had straight-set wins to put Serbia firmly in control against Uzbekistan, while Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov gave Russia the upper hand against Switzerland.
Australia, Kazakhstan, and Italy were also sitting pretty at 2-0 up after the first day.
Slovakia v Canada, Czech Republic v the Netherlands, Brazil v Belgium, Japan v China, and Austria v Chile were all tied at 1-1 overnight.
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