Andy Murray issued a statement of intent at the Paris Masters by easily dispatching David Goffin in their Davis Cup final dress rehearsal.
British No.1 Murray cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win in less than an hour on the Palais Omnisports de Bercy courts to set up a last-eight meet with Richard Gasquet.
With the pair expected to meet in Ghent later this month, when Great Britain and Belgium battle it out for the Davis Cup, the result may well give Murray, who has now won both of his encounters with Goffin, an added psychological advantage.
If Goffin remained optimistic for the Davis Cup final, it was because any potential meeting in the late November clash will take place on clay at the Flanders Expo Arena -- supposedly Murray's weakest surface.
"Clay is seen as being my worst surface, but I still feel like I play well on that court," Murray said.
"I don't know what speed the court's going to be. If it's quick, then I think that will help my serve a lot. If it's slow, then I feel like I can track a lot of balls down on the clay, which is positive.
"It was good for me to get the chance to play him before the Davis Cup and see his game and the speed of his shots and where he maybe makes some mistakes from and things that he likes to do. Obviously with the result, that's a positive. I mean, mentally for me it's a positive win."
Murray had considered their third-round contest a fact-finding mission after beating Borna Coric on Wednesday, admitting he was keen to get a closer look at Goffin's game.
The pair had only practiced twice before -- in Munich last May and then again at the US Open -- while their only previous match was at Wimbledon in 2013, when Murray won in straight sets.
The Scot had noted Goffin's "beautiful hands" and the "variety" of his play as potential dangers before Thursday's contest in the French capital, but there was scant evidence of either.
Murray raced into a 3-0 lead with Goffin barely able to get into the tie for much of the first set.
Indeed, it looked little consolation to the world No.16 looked when he notched his first game to make it 3-1, and it proved a short-lived success: Murray broke again and served out the opening set in 24 minutes.
It was a similar story in the second as Murray broke Goffin's serve three times to move 5-0 ahead. The second seed barely put a foot wrong -- only once showing anger when hit by a stray ball during a break between games -- and completed victory in 52 minutes, with his opponent racking up 22 unforced errors.
Goffin had noted before his swift defeat by Murray that the atmosphere will be different in his home country; a 13,000 sell-out crowd potentially providing the sort of advantage Murray and Great Britain enjoyed in September's semifinal victory against Australia in Glasgow.
Even on clay and with the crowd behind him, Goffin will have to up his game to reach Murray's level on this evidence.
"Andy was extremely efficient today," Goffin said. "This didn't help me to get into that match. This is why that match was the way it was.
"As far as I was concerned, I thought this would be my last match of the [ATP World Tour] season, so it's really tough to really put all your energy into it. I felt tired. My body was on the court, but there was nobody on the inside."