Kyle Edmund is just one win away from a possible clash with Andy Murray after beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Beijing.
Edmund had already come through qualifying and beat Russian Evgeny Donskoy 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 to qualify for the main draw on Sunday, but he showed no signs of fatigue, with a 6-3 6-2 victory over the Spaniard at the China Open.
The British number two needed just 66 minutes to progress and will next face another Spanish opponent in the last 16 after seventh seed Roberto Bautista downed Australian John Millman in three sets.
The South African-born ace is in the same half of the draw as his Davis Cup team-mate and the duo are scheduled to meet at the quarter-final stage.
Murray opens against Italian Andreas Seppi and victory would see the Scot take on the winner of the all-Russian clash between Konstantin Kravchuk and Andrey Kuznetsov.