Dave Chisnall showcased his title credentials after overcoming Rowby-John Rodriguez at the PDC World Darts Championship in London on Tuesday.
Chisnall swept Rodriguez 3-0 but the Englishman did not have it all his own way as he reached the second round at Alexandra Palace.
Rodriguez claimed the opening leg courtesy a 107 finish but that sparked Chisnall into action, with the world number 13 in the PDC Order of Merit breaking back immediately to win the first set 3-2.
Chisnall went on to take out the next two sets 3-2 as he saw off the talented Austrian.
Terry Jenkins - a semi-finalist in 2001 - also booked his spot in the next round following a 3-1 win over Darin Young.
The evening got off to a dramatic start when Ronny Huybrechts twice came from behind before beating Dean Winstanley 6-4 in a tense final-set tie-break.
Winstanley racked up nine 180s, but was unable to shake off Huybrechts after going 1-0 and 2-1 up as the Belgian took out 164 to seal his place in the second round.
Wes Newton, a three time quarter-finalist in this competition, also advanced at the expense of Cristo Reyes after the Spaniard made a promising start.
Reyes began with 12-darter before hitting tops, but was off target with seven darts to wrap up the opening set and was unable to recover.