Fourth seed Rafael Nadal was given a scare by Argentinian David Nalbandian before edging into the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Nadal dropped the first set on a tie-break against the former Wimbledon finalist, who has missed much of the last year due to injury.
But Nadal turned up his level of play, as he needed to, and eventually won 6-7 (10/8) 6-2 6-2 against the wild-card entrant to set up a clash against either his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer or Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Spain’s Nicolas Almagro was another early winner today, beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-7 (11/9) 6-3, while Brazilian 27th seed Thomaz Bellucci defeated Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-3 6-4.
The tournament has already lost several of its big names early on, with Rochus having claimed the scalp of Novak Djokovic, while Andy Murray tumbled out to American Mardy Fish.