Russia player Daniil Medvedev hopes his 6-2 6-4 victory over Egor Gerasimov in Marseille would be the beginning of his unbeaten run.
The Australian finalist faced a shock loss by Dusan Lajovic, the Serbian, in Rotterdam last week. The defeat was his second in the previous 22 matches.
“It’s time to build a new streak, a new dynamic,” said Medvedev, who will be ranked second on Monday in World rankings.
“That’s why tennis is sometimes good and sometimes bad. When you lose the first round, you have next week to try to win the tournament.
“But when you win a lot of matches in a row, you can lose a few first rounds and then you are feeling like you’re playing very bad. You always have to remember good moments.”
The quarter-finals will be hosted in Marseille, where the Russian will face the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champ, Jannik Sinner.
“That’s a tough draw. I could definitely have an easier draw with playing Egor straightaway and Jannik in the quarters,” he continued.
Daniil Medvedev will become the first player to appear in the top two in the world rankings since Nadal overhauled Lleyton Hewitt to become second in 2005.