Zverev, Cilic cruise in New York

Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic dropped just 12 games between them to ease through their openers.

Alexander Zverev required just 96 minutes to put away Peter Polansky.   -  AFP/GETTY IMAGES

While Novak Djokovic had a testing day out at the Flushing Meadows, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic had no such troubles, dropping just 12 games between them to ease through their openers.

ZVEREV SHOWS CLASS

Zverev was untroubled in his first-round match, crushing Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in just 96 minutes.

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The German, a quarterfinalist at the French Open, hit 37 winners and 25 unforced errors in an impressive win.

Zverev, seeded fourth, is still looking for consistency at majors, with his last-eight appearance at Roland Garros his only quarterfinal.

FORMER CHAMPION CILIC CRUISES

Cilic was only on court for just over an hour and a half when Marius Copil retired with the Croatian leading 7-5, 6-1, 1-1.

The 2014 US Open champion served 13 aces in just over two sets on his way to a comfortable win.

MONFILS, GOFFIN AND GASQUET GET JOBS DONE

Gael Monfils produced a fast finish as the Frenchman beat Facundo Bagnis 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.

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David Goffin was too strong for Federico Gaio 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and Richard Gasquet eased past Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Former finalist Kei Nishikori also booked his spot in the second round, beating Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.