Somdev Devvarman set up his biggest match of the season, a pre-quarterfinal clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, in the ATP Miami Masters, after scripting yet another come-from-behind win, in Miami.
The unseeded Indian overcame world number 80 Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round. Somdev saved seven of the nine break chances he faced in the match and that proved crucial in his win.
With this victory, Somdev levelled the head-to-head record 1-1 with Edouard. The last they played was in 2009 when the Frenchman had emerged winner on Rhodes, Greece.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles event after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet and Edouard.
Bhupathi and Nestor notched up a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over their French opponents in a 79-minute opening-round match.
The third-seeded Indo-Canadian pair came from behind to force a tie-break in the first-set but they were in control of the second set. Bhupathi and Nestor won 82% of their service points and saved both the break points they faced.
They next play Spaniard Nicolas Almagro and his Austrian partner Oliver Marach.
Sharapova moves up
Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova both survived unscathed but the event lost two other grand slam champions on Friday when Victoria Azarenka and Juan Martin Del Potro exited the Miami tournament.
Azarenka withdrew from her opening match because of an ankle injury she suffered playing at Indian Wells last week.
Sharapova romped to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Eugenie Bouchard while Djokovic, playing in the late night match, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Lukas Rosol.