Eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France on Monday with a 7-5 7-5 win over Lukas Lacko.
Baghdatis hit nine aces and converted four of his eight break points to win his first match this season at the indoor tournament.
Baghdatis said “I don’t have many matches in my legs because I only played the Australian Open this year. Here I was lucky enough to get the wild card.”
He will next play 23-year-old Japanese player Taro Daniel, who beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-2.
Also advancing to the second round was Alexander Zverev, who saved one match point to rally past Luca Vanni 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 7-5.
Zverev will face Croatian second-seed Marin Cilic in round two.
Australia’s John Millman will begin his campaign on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDST) when he takes on French wildcard Julien Benneteau.