Zverev, who had to beat Hurkacz to qualify following his three-set defeat to Red Group winner Daniil Medvedev, played aggressively and consistently, hitting 22 winners.
In the day's second match, 2018 champion Alexander Zverev won when local favorite Matteo Berrettini of Italy retired early in the second set with an apparent abdominal injury.
Paris Masters: Taylor Fritz sets showdown against Novak Djokovic; Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev advance
Taylor Fritz reached his second consecutive ATP Master 1000 quarter-final at the Paris Masters after defeating Cameron Norrie.
The fourth-ranked German improved to 5-0 in finals this season, becoming the second player after Norwegian Casper Ruud with a tour-leading five tournament wins in 2021.
The 18-year-old easily took the first set, lost the second on a tie-break before sealing victory over the Wimbledon finalist on his third match point in the third-set tie-break.
Fritz rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third set by winning four of five games - when Zverev held two match points - to force the tiebreaker.
Novak Djokovic, the winner of 20 majors, won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 after three hours and 38 minutes to set up a title clash with Daniil Medvedev.
Beating No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday for the title will allow Djokovic to be the first man since 1969 to complete a calendar-year slam and collect his 21st grand slam, most among men.
Zverev rallied from a set down to beat Djokovic in Tokyo, then went on to win gold. They meet again on Sept 10 in the US Open men's second semifinal after Daniil Medvedev faces Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The BNP Paribas Open, set for October 4-17, is returning to the Southern California desert for the first time since 2019. It was delayed last year and again in March.
Djokovic is now two wins away from the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men's tennis since 1969, along with a men's-record 21st major championship overall.
Raducanu has won all 16 sets she has contested through eight matches in New York — three during the qualifying rounds and another five in the main draw.
If all goes well, Alexander Zverev is in line for a semifinal clash against Novak Djokovic, where he would look to repeat his victory over the world No. 1 at the Tokyo Olympics.
Alexander Zverev extended his winning streak to 12 matches as he moved past Sam Querrey to reach the second round at the US Open.
Alexander Zverev's victory in the Cincinnati Masters saw the German leapfrog Rafael Nadal to take fourth spot in the new ATP rankings.