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Mischa Zverev begins 2018 with straight-sets win over John-Patrick Smith

Mischa Zverev made the perfect start to 2018 as he eased to victory over Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith at the Brisbane International.


Mischa Zverev made the perfect start to 2018 as he eased to victory over Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith at the Brisbane International.

Mischa Zverev made the perfect start to 2018 as he eased to victory over Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith at the Brisbane International.

The eighth seed broke Smith eight times on his way to a 6-4 7-5 win in 88 minutes.

Matthew Ebden gave the home crowd something to shout out, though, as he beat Frances Tiafoe 6-3 6-2 to set up an all-Australian clash in the second round with Nick Kyrgios.

Argentina's Horacio Zeballos dropped just six points on his first serve on his way to a 6-3 6-4 triumph over Ernesto Escobedo, while Jared Donaldson advanced with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Jordan Thompson.

Ryan Harrison set up a meeting with second seed Andy Murray by overcoming Leonardo Mayer 6-4 3-6 6-2.

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