Cameron Norrie finally delivered some British success in Madrid as he beat Yosuke Watanuki in straight sets.
With Andy Murray and Dan Evans crashing out in the first round and Emma Raducanu withdrawing on the eve of her match due to a hand injury, it had been a rotten week for the Brits.
But Norrie went some way to putting that right with his 6-4 7-6 (5) victory.
The British number one, who is looking to kickstart his European clay court season after early exits in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, made an inauspicious start against the Japanese and trailed 4-1.
But he found his rhythm and reeled off five successive games to take the first set.
The second was tighter, though it was the Brit who was the enforcer, seeing two break points saved as it went to a tiebreak.
And Norrie was able to get the job done, winning on his second match point.
Evans, seeded 19th, had earlier crashed to a straight-sets defeat to Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
The Spaniard, ranked 42 and a clay-court specialist, won 6-3 6-2.