World number one Peter Nicol dashed into the quarter-finals of the Cathay Pacific Squash Open when he registered a quick-fire 15-6, 15-5, 15-9 victory over England's Stephen Meads at the Hong Kong Park Indoor Games Hall last night. The 25-year-old Scot, who needed four games before disposing of Egypt's Amr Shabana in Tuesday's first round, turned on the power in the Perspex court to hand the world number 29 Englishman a 35-minute lesson. Nicol had played on Centre Court at the Hong Kong Squash Centre on Tuesday but he took an immediate liking to the Perspex court as he delivered a stern warning to his rivals. 'It's good to win through the earlier rounds. In previous years, I have struggled to get into the semi-finals. I want to go through the first few rounds unscathed. It helps a lot,' said British Open champion Nicol, who deposed long-time rival Jansher Khan from the number one ranking in February. 'I have been training every day but I had a rest day yesterday and a massage which helped. I felt quick mentally and physically.' World number four Rodney Eyles joined a procession of seeded players into the last eight. The 1996 Hong Kong Open winner took just 41 minutes before ousting fellow Australian Craig Rowland, 15-11, 15-12, 15-11, also in the Perspex court. However, the 30-year-old world champion said although he won with relative ease, he needed to improve several aspects of his game. 'There's a couple of areas of my game which I need to improve. My length is a bit short. But I'm pretty happy to have gone through. Craig [Rowland] and I play a similar attacking game. He had a good game against Anthony Hill in the first round. But everybody's tough [in this tournament],' said Eyles. Canada's Jonathon Power also made the transition of playing from Centre Court at the Hong Kong Squash Centre to the Perspex court without too many difficulties, handing Ireland's Derek Ryan a 15-7, 15-6, 15-10 defeat. Power made a number of appeals to the referee and at one time lost his temper when he tossed his racquet into the glass in the third game, for which he was lucky not to receive a warning. Meanwhile, Hong Kong hope Faheem Khan was knocked out, losing to England's Mark Cairns. Faheem, who advanced to the second round by default after Jansher Khan pulled a groin muscle, attacked in the second game but his challenge fizzled out as the Englishman recorded a 15-9, 12-15, 15-6, 15-3 victory.