The China Open has been granted a dream final with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to face off in Sunday’s decider.
In the women's draw, Gabriele Muguruza overcame Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 4-6 6-3 6-4 to make her second straight final in China after last week's efforts in Wuhan.
The Spaniard, seeking her first title this season and second of her career, will take on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
In the men's competition, the multiple grand slam champions both bludgeoned their way to straight-sets wins on Saturday.
Nadal extracted a modicum of revenge on new Italian foe Fabio Fognini with a 7-5 6-3 semi-final win, following his loss to the Italian at the US Open
Djokovic extended his unbeaten winning run in the Chinese capital to 28 matches with a 6-2 6-3 win over David Ferrer of Spain.
Sunday's battle will be the 45th meeting of a high-class, long-term rivalry between the two and although Nadal leads 23-21, the Serb has won six of the last seven.
Djokovic had been dominant for most of the season, winning three grand slam titles and dropping only 14 games in four matches in China.
Nadal is fully aware of the gargantuan task awaiting him.
"This is a match I know is going to be very, very difficult. But I am here to try my best," said Nadal, whose last hard court title came 21 months ago in Qatar.
"My goal is try to play the way that I want to play. I know this year Novak is a different league of my one, but still happy with the final.”
Nadal's recent struggles with form and fitness have left him vulnerable to other challengers on Tour and the flamboyant Fognini has proved a thorn in his side.
The Italian became the first man to beat Nadal from two sets down at a grand slam when he took out the Spaniard in the third round at Flushing Meadow last month.
Djokovic proved far too strong for Ferrer to remain on course for a sixth Beijing title.
The Serb broke at will and displayed his extensive range of hitting and court coverage to leave Ferrer befuddled.
In the women's draw Muguruza overcame Radwanska of Poland 4-6 6-3 6-4 to make her second straight final in China after last week's efforts in Wuhan.
The Spaniard, seeking her first title this season and second of her career, will play Swiss Bacsinszky, who kept alive her qualifying bid for the WTA Finals in Singapore with a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win over Ana Ivanovic. The loss ended the Serb's hopes of making the eight-woman end-of-season event.