Novak Djokovic survived a sluggish start and a final set wobble to take his place in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
The top-seeded Serb overcame the dogged challenge of Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, and concerns over his injured ankle, to emerge a 4-6 6-1 6-4 victor on Wednesday.
Having rolled his ankle while on Davis Cup duty ten days ago, there were fears Djokovic would miss the Masters 1000 event altogether, but he fronted up and passed a demanding test to secure his spot in the last 16.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the World No 1 started rather gingerly and found himself 4-0 down as Youzhny took charge and, although he forced his way back into things, he was unable to prevent his rival from taking the opening set.
But the Serb went through the gears to secure the second with something to spare and looked to have put the contest to bed as he moved a break clear in the decider.
However, Youzhny demonstrated real spirit to break back and actually lead 4-3 before Djokovic responded again, upping his intensity to reel off three successive games as he closed out a hard-fought victory.