David Ferrer booked his place in the fourth round of the Miami Masters with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Italy's Fabio Fognini.
Next up the third seed is an intriguing battle with the in-form Kei Nishikori, who overcame Xavier Malisse 6-2 7-5.
It was the Spaniard's first match of the tournament - he was given a bye into the second round where his scheduled opponent, Dmitry Tursunov, pulled out.
Ferrer and Nishikori have played four times and won two apiece, the Spaniard winning their last encounter - at the Australian Open in January - in straight sets.
"It's going to be a very difficult match," Ferrer said. "The last time I played him at the Australian Open I beat him in three sets, but I will have to run a lot.
"We will play a lot of rallies on the baseline. Nishikori, he has unbelievable shots. He plays with a lot of power."
Ferrer broke Fognini four times en route to the victory in 79 minutes. It was his third win over the Italian this season and in six meetings between the pair Fognini is yet to taste victory.
Ferrer is going for his third title of the season after defending his titles in Auckland and Buenos Aires.