Tim Henman moved into the second round of the Paris Masters with a confident performance against Nikolay Davydenko.
The British number one came through 6-3 6-4 in one hour 15 minutes.
Henman, currently ranked 31, needs to reach at least the semis if he is to achieve his aim of breaking into the top 20 in his last event of the year.
He goes on to meet Sebastien Grosjean next, the man who beat him in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July.
The Frenchman will be desperate to progress in Paris as he still stands a chance of claiming the final place at next month's Masters Cup in Houston.
"This is a good opportunity to get revenge on his home turf," said Henman.
"There is a lot more at stake for him than me and I have got to take advantage.
"This has been my most frustrating year as a professional and I am going to take as much out of this week as I can."
Davydenko came into the match on the back of a disastrous run of six straight defeats, having started the year in excellent form.
Henman, on the other hand, was looking to recover from a first-round loss in Basle last week.
Both players started inconsistently but it was Davydenko who was having to work harder to hold serve, and he finally succumbed in game eight.
Four unforced errors handed Henman the break and the Briton served out the set comfortably.
When Davydenko threw away his serve with four more errors in the opening game of the second set, Henman looked as good as through.
But with the match slipping away, the Russian began going for winners and did enough to break back at 2-2.
However, it was only a temporary reprieve as Davydenko double-faulted at break-point down in the ninth game.
Henman made hard work of wrapping up the match, slipping 15-40 down, but an ace got him back on track and a deep second serve finally finished off Davydenko.