Struggling with injuries and form, Milos Raonic headed to Paris with just two victories after Wimbledon, hoping for a better run in Paris after a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Cameron Norrie in 62 minutes. The Canadian lost six points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and taking almost half of the return point for three breaks from six opportunities.
Milos fired 30 winners and 13 unforced errors, leaving Cameron on just six winners and dominating in the shortest rallies up to four strokes to seal the deal in no time at all. The Briton sprayed a forehand error in the eighth game of the first set to fall 5-3 behind, allowing Milos to seal it with an ace in the next game after 32 minutes.
Raonic was even more impressive in set number two, delivering breaks in games one and seven and moving over the top with four service winners at 5-2 to march over the finish line. Fernando Verdasco took down the struggling Croat Borna Coric 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in just under two hours for the 128th Masters 1000 win.
Firing 13 aces, Fernando dominated with the first serve and had the upper hand despite losing serve three times, securing four breaks from eight chances to find himself in the second round. Borna made a promising start, earning those three breaks in the opening set before losing the ground as usual so far in 2019, creating nothing on the return in sets two and three and pushing Verdasco through after not being able to defend the serve in the same manner the Spaniard did.
Radu Albot needed 72 minutes to dismiss Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-2 in 72 minutes, hoping to beat Andreas Seppi in the next round and propel Moldavia into the ATP Cup in January. Making too many errors, Basilashvili lost half of the points in his games and suffered four breaks, enough to propel Radu over the finish line and towards an important win.
Marin Cilic needed an hour and 37 minutes to dismiss Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 6-4, facing only one break point in the entire clash and scoring one break in set number two that made all the difference. The Croat had the upper hand in the closing stages of the first set tie break and grabbed the last three games from 3-4 down in set number two to score a much-needed victory and set Stan Wawrinka clash.