Top seed, Andy Murray advanced to the semi-finals of the China Open with a 7-6 6-2 victory over fellow Brit, Kyle Edmund.
The 21-year-old Edmund gave as good as he got in the first set, stunning Murray with a series of stinging forehands, but the younger Brit fell just short in the tie break, surrendering the set, 11-9.
Edmund opened up a 2-0 lead in the second set, but it all went downhill from there as Murray stepped up his level to wrestle control of the match, winning six games in a row to complete the victory in just under two hours.
The world number two will take on Spaniard, David Ferrer in the next round.
Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov will play big-serving Canadian, Milos Raonic in the other semi-final.
The resurgent Dimitrov produced one of his best performances in recent times to outclass Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4, while Raonic was too strong for Spaniard, Pablo Carreno-Busta- closing out a 6-4 6-4 victory in an hour and 33 minutes.