Second seed Rafael Nadal continued the quest for an eighth straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters as he dispatched Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-1 in exactly one hour.
Nadal will next face Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who defeated No. 8 Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3, for a place in the semi-finals.
With the win, Nadal also stays on path to meet nemesis and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who also made it to the quarterfinals, in the final.