Judd Trump was in confident mood after safely moving through to the second round of the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield.
Trump led 7-2 overnight and many thought he would make light work of Stuart Carrington but he was made to battle before eventually securing a 10-6 victory.
The 25-year-old closed with a century and will now face Marco Fu in the next round.
“I’m just going to focus on my own game,” he told BBC Two. “If I play how I know I can, I’ll win it.”
A re-rack was required in the 10th frame but that did not distract Carrington who produced a break of 97 to reduce the gap to four.
Trump took the next with a streak of 74 but a 74 of his own from Carrington followed by a run of 70 in the next meant it was 8-5 at the interval.
Carrington got amongst the balls after the interval but was halted at 24 and Trump swept in with a 76 to move within one frame of victory.
Grimsby potter Carrington showed his mettle, though, with a 99 in the next before a closing 109 from Trump put an end to his campaign.
And the 2011 finalist was quick to praise his opponent, who was making his Crucible debut.
“He played really well considering it’s his first time here,” he said. “Second session he hardly missed a ball. He probably won’t take as much credit as he would if it was a top player making those breaks.
“He played as good as anyone I’ve seen first time here.”
Trump is one of the crowd favourites wherever he plays and admits there is a weight of expectation on him this year.
“There’s obviously a lot of anticipation this year,” he added. “My results have shown that I’m playing some good stuff, I felt like I played well over the past two days.
“There’s obviously a few things I need to work on but other than that I feel very confident.
“It was nice for Stuart to play as he did, it just shows there is always stuff to work on and you won’t get many sessions where someone plays that well.”
On the other table, defending champion Mark Selby was locked in a tough battle with Anthony McGill in the opening second round match.
Selby, who needed to scrap for a 10-9 win over Kurt Maflin in the first round, got off to a slow start as he surrendered the first two frames.
The first was a scrappy encounter but a break of 63 sealed the second for McGill before runs of 51 and 46 saw Selby on the board.
The Leicester cueman then levelled things up at the mid-session interval with a 65 and an 87 at the third time of asking saw him edge ahead.
McGill was not daunted, though, and breaks of 74 and 73 in the next two saw him take a 4-3 lead before Selby drew level again to end the session at 4-4.