Andy Murray sprang to life on Tuesday as the Scot began his clay-court season with a 6-0, 6-3 hammering of Serb Viktor Troicki to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Under the watchful eye of coach Ivan Lendl, the third seed was ruthless in his demolition of Troicki, who gave him a brief fright on clay at last year's French Open.
"The goal is Paris, that's what we are working on now," said Murray, who broke five times on his way to victory.
"Usually it takes me a few matches to get comfortable on clay. Today was a really good start."
Defeat put Troicki deeper into a hole against elite opponents - he has now lost his last 24 matches against top 10 players.
Murray dominated from the start, breaking in the opening game and allowing the 30th-ranked Troicki just three points in the first four games of the rout. At one point, the Scot won 14 consecutive points.
Murray polished off the opening set in less than half an hour and got off a flyer with an early break in the second set.
In first-round action, Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan upset German 14th seed Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 while Fabio Fognini, one of six Italians on court on the day, knocked out Michael Llodra of France 7-5, 6-3.
Source: AFP Global Edition