Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson ended a losing streak of three consecutive opening matches when he beat Serbia’s Viktor Troicki at the Toronto Masters 1000 event on Monday.
Anderson, who is unseeded for the tournament in Canada, won in straight sets, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
According to the official ATP website, the 30-year-old right-hander lost only five points on his first serve (29/34) and feasted on Troicki's second offering, winning almost 60 percent (10/18) of the Serb’s second-serve points.
The South African No 1 will next face sixth seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem in the second round.
Anderson leads their head-to-head series 4-0, including a three-set win at the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris last year.
Anderson has endured a troublesome, injury-plagued year which has seen him struggle to win matches.
He is currently ranked No 34 on the ATP World Tour rankings - a significant drop in rankings after cracking the Top 10 in October last year.
Results on Monday in the Toronto ATP Masters hardcourt tennis tournament (x-denotes seeded player):
Borna Coric (CRO) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Steven Diez (CAN) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Peter Polansky (CAN) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-3, 6-1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
John Isner (USA x9) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Bernard Tomic (AUS x12) bt Alejandro Gonzlez (COL) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Jack Sock (USA x16) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3