Fifth seed David Ferrer started his China Open campaign with a solid victory over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.
The Spaniard has not had the best of seasons by his standards, slipping out of the top 10 in the world rankings after a run of several poor results, but he made an encouraging start to his Beijing campaign on Monday against fellow top 20 player Cuevas.
Opportunities were few and far between and the match ultimately came down to few crucial points that went Ferrer's way.
A single break point in the 10th game handed Ferrer the first set, while three mini-breaks in the second-set tie-break saw the former Beijing finalist wrap up a straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win.
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Others to advance on Monday included another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, Great Britain's Kyle Edmund and Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
Tournament top seeds Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will begin their campaigns on Tuesday.
Nadal is looking to this week's tournament to help strengthen his bid for ATP World Tour Finals qualification. He currently lies in eighth place, the final automatic qualification spot, but needs to maintain his form in October.
“It's always an important thing,” Nadal said during his pre-tournament press conference. “Four tournaments [left] for trying to qualify. I'm going to try.”