Andy Murray takes on Florian Mayer this afternoon in the second round of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open (14:30 BST start).
Murray was dumped out of the Monte-Carlo Masters this year in an emphatic way by Stanislas Wawrinka, and he'll have to produce some big performances this week in Madrid to convince anyone that he can be a serious threat at the upcoming French Open.
The Scot vowed that this would be his finest year to date on clay, but the early signs haven't been great. Perhaps his training efforts in Monte-Carlo and Wimbledon (on green clay) will give him the boost he needs, and translate into victories in competitive action.
Mayer made it through to round two in the Spanish capital with a hard fought 6-2 6-7 6-4 triumph over a greatly improved Marinko Matosevic.
"Mayer is very tricky. He's very unorthodox," Murray said of today's opponent.
The Brit holds a 1-0 record against the German following a 1-6 6-1 6-1 success at the Rome Masters in 2011 and appears to be confident of progressing today.
"I've been playing well in practice, and need to do that in the matches," he told reporters.
"Practice is important for me on this surface more than most because I need to get used to the movements again, patterns of play that I use on this surface, which is different to the other courts.
"I need to get used to playing points again on this surface, because there are things that you do on the clay that don't necessarily work on other surfaces, and things that work on other courts don't work so well on the clay. It takes a lot of time on the court practicing and playing a lot of sets for me to get back into that routine."
Prediction: Murray in three.