The 25-calendar year-old Zverev, who reached the semi-finals last 12 months at Roland Garros, arrived to Paris soon after achieving the closing in Madrid and creating semi-ultimate operates at Monte-Carlo and Rome.
“I experienced a incredibly steady clay-courtroom season,” Zverev said on court docket. “Semis in Monte Carlo, last in Madrid, semis in Rome. But I didn’t earn any tournaments. I’m normally any person that likes to get, relatively than be secure.
“I would instead drop to start with spherical, initial round, very first round and then earn a match, so with any luck , I can do that right here. With any luck , I can engage in my ideal tennis listed here.”
On a balmy night he dominated proceedings from the get started on Court Suzanne Lenglen from his opponent, rated 218th in the earth.
Zverev did not experience a solitary breakpoint on his own serve while breaking Ofner two times in the opening established and after in just about every of the subsequent two, and he shut out the contest in an hour and 49 minutes with his 13th ace.
“Usually I start off a Grand Slam event with a five-set match and a few hrs on court, but (mentor) Sergi (Bruguera) advised me right now not to do that so I listened to him for at the time.
“I’m content with the match, in particular from Sebastian who previously performed a few matches in this article. He’s enjoying incredibly perfectly, so I am satisfied with the start off below.”
Zverev will subsequent encounter the winner of the match between Serbian Dusan Lajovic and Sebastian Baez of Argentina.