Having battled his way on the Challenger Tour – again – Viktor Troicki is back where he belongs.
From Cortina to Como to Genova and finally to Banja Luka.
That was mid-2014 for Viktor Troicki, but it probably felt like 2005.
The Serbian was given an 18-month " later reduced to 12 " drugs ban in July 2013, one he still insists was wrong and came due to being given the "wrong instructions".
Once the world's 12th best player, Troicki's ranking plummeted to 847.
Then, his recovery began.
In 2005, trips to Bosnia-Herzegovina, France and Morocco were part of the learning process for a 19-year-old.
Troicki's 2014 season started via a wildcard in Gstaad, where he reached the quarter-finals on clay.
Then, he had to qualify for Challengers in Italy, San Marino and Bosnia-Herzegovina as he looked to boost his ranking.
"It was different. Very different," Troicki told a media conference at the Australian Open on Wednesday, having booked his place in the third round.
"Playing small Challengers, starting from the quallies, it gave me some memories back when I was starting actually. I knew I've done it once, so why not do it again?
"I had a lot of support from everyone close to me, and my coaches were with me. I wanted to give my best and to get back to the top as soon as I could.
"I think I did a good job with that, so I'm pleased with that."
Countryman and world number one Novak Djokovic played a key part in helping Troicki recover his ranking.
Djokovic often practised with Troicki, who took time away from the sport after his ban but insists he never considered giving it up.
"I never was thinking about quitting, but after I had some time off and I didn't play tennis, I started missing it," he said.
"Yeah, I started practising hard, harder than ever before probably. I had some doubts, of course. I didn't know how it was going to go and if I will come back.
"In the practice it looked good, playing against the good guys and everything.
"But in the matches, not having a match for a year, it was kind of didn't know how to feel.
"That first match in Gstaad gave me a lot of confidence. I'm thankful to the tournament of Gstaad where they gave me a wildcard to play in the main draw and beating Dominic Thiem first match after a year gave me a lot of confidence for my comeback."
And the comeback is reaching greater levels, with Troicki's win over Leonardo Mayer seeing him into the third round at the year's first grand slam.
Melbourne Park is a long way from the clay in Cortina, and a long way to come in fewer than six months.