Novak Djokovic's wrist injury is not as serious as first feared and he could play at the Madrid Masters in two weeks' time.
The world No 2 admitted he was worried he was facing a long spell out of the game to give his injured wrist time to heal, but doctors says he should be fine for the tournament in Madrid.
Djokovic suffered the right wrist problem in training ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters, where, as defending champion he lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
Djokovic fuelled concern with his post-match comments, saying he was in pain on every shot and that he would not be able to play tennis "for some time".
That prompted speculation he may not be fit for the Masters series events in Madrid or Rome, and perhaps even the French Open next month, the title he covets more than any other.
The Serbian said: "Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed.
"Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned.
"However, I need to continue with the recovery process and full medical treatments. It means I will have to take a short break in order to recover as soon as possible."
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro and Britain's Laura Robson have both suffered serious wrist problems this year.
Del Potro, who missed most of the 2010 season after having surgery on his right wrist, is facing another prolonged spell out following an operation on his left wrist last month.
Robson, meanwhile, will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after deciding to have surgery on her left wrist to cure a problem that has restricted her to only one completed match this season.