Andy Murray will meet Kyle Edmund in an all-British quarter-final at the China Open after the number one seed beat Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets.
The world number two, 29, served five double faults but overcame the Russian 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes.
Edmund, 21, broke Spanish world number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut in the seventh game of the decider to win 6-4 4-6 6-4.
World number one Novak Djokovic has won the China Open for four straight years but the Serb withdrew last week.
Edmund, a qualifier for the hard court event in Beijing, has only met Davis Cup team-mate Murray once before, losing in a deciding set on the grass at Queens in 2015.
The pair are in the same half of the draw as fifth seed David Ferrer, who beat Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday.
Earlier, British number one Johanna Konta boosted her hopes of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating Hungary’s Timea Babos 7-5 6-2 to reach the third round of the women’s event in Beijing.
Meanwhile, in the Japan Open, Britain’s Dominic Inglot and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer were beaten 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals by Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.
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