Doha - Stan Wawrinka eased into the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.
The three-time Grand Slam champion made it back-to-back victories to start the season with a 6-3, 6-4 success and will play Frenchman Corentin Moutet later on Friday in the last four.
The winner of that tie will face in-form Russian Andrey Rublev in the final.
Second seed Rublev beat Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-1 in the first semi-final, having earlier cruised past Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-3 in the quarters.
Wawrinka, the top seed in Doha, is bidding for his 17th ATP title but first since winning on clay in Geneva in May 2017.
The 34-year-old Swiss is playing the tournament for only the second time since a 2008 final defeat by Andy Murray, having lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in last year's quarter-finals.
Results from the ATP tournament in Doha on Friday:
Andrey Rublev (RUS x2) bt Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-1
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x1) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-3, 6-4
Corentin Moutet (FRA) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Andrey Rublev (RUS x2) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 6-3