Alexander Zverev eased past Andy Murray’s conqueror Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarter-finals of the Bett1 Hulks Indoors in Cologne.
The top seed, bidding to win his first ATP title since May 2019, won 6-4, 6-1 in just 63 minutes.
“It is nice to be done in just over an hour, especially against Fernando because playing a first match back on hard courts against Fernando can always be tricky,” said Zverev, having seen Verdasco beat Murray in the first round.
ATP Rome
Injuries, upsets and champions rising - What did we learn from Italian Open?
25 MINUTES AGO
“He is one of the most powerful opponents that you can have. I am happy to get the win and happy to be in the quarter-finals.”
Zverev, who was playing his first match since losing in the fourth round of the French Open, will face Lloyd Harris for a semi-final spot.

'It is a big honour!' - Nadal on equalling Federer's record

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina upset Marin Cilic with a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 win while third seed Felix Auger Aliassime won 6-4, 6-1 against Henri Laaksonen.
Denis Shapovalov reached the quarter-finals of St Petersburg Open after easing to a 6-1, 6-4 win over qualifier Ilya Ivashka. The world No 12 will next face Stan Wawrinka on Friday.
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev is out after losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Reilly Opelka, who broke in the last game of the second and third sets to beat the top seed.
Borna Coric beat Roman Safiullin in straight sets to reach the last eight while Andrey Rublev won 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Ugo Humbert.
ATP Madrid
'They really don't care!' - Amused Zverev blanked by German media after win
10/05/2021 AT 11:43
ATP Madrid
Berrettini: Zverev final loss is going to be useful
10/05/2021 AT 08:10