2019 Kremlin Cup (ATP 250), Moscow (MED HEAD TOUR 2019)

Who wins the 2019 Kremlin Cup?

  • #1 seed Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

    Votes: 6 75.0%
  • #2 seed Karen Khachanov (RUS)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • #3 seed Marin Cilic (CRO)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • #4 seed Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • #5 seed Cristian Garin (CHI)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • #6 seed Andrey Rublev (RUS)

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • #7 seed Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • #8 seed Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other participant

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    8
  • Poll closed .

James P

Hall of Fame
Can Daniil Medvedev extend his finals streak to 7 consecutive??

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Extract from ATP:
Russian players have dominated the VTB Kremlin Cup, and Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev will look to carry on that tradition in 2019.

Since the inaugural tournament, Russians have won the Moscow title 15 times. Yevgeny Kafelnikov claimed a record five straight titles between 1997-2001, and three-time champion Nikolay Davydenko started another run of Russian dominance from 2004-09, which also featured winners Igor Andreev, Igor Kunitsyn and Mikhail Youzhny.

Khachanov ended a nine-year title drought for the home country last year. "[Winning in Russia] was one of the dreams I had when I was a kid," he said at the time. "Coming here [as a kid] I was asking top Russian players for autographs and dreaming one day to become a champion here. Today is the day and I am really happy. These are memories I will always keep in my head."

Medvedev fell to Khachanov in the semi-finals last year and in the quarter-finals on his previous two main draw appearances. The World No. 4 celebrated his first title on home soil in September at the St. Petersburg Open, and is set to be the top seed in Moscow. Moscow native Rublev, who upset Roger Federer in August in Cincinnati, will be looking to record his first win in his hometown.

Established: 1990
Tournament Dates: 14-20 October 2019
Tournament Director: Amir Tarpischev
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 12 October
Schedule
* Qualifying: Saturday at 10:00am, Sunday at 12:00pm.
* Main draw: Monday - Thursday at 11:00am and 6:30pm, Friday 12:00pm and 6:30pm, Saturday not before 3:00pm
* Doubles final: Saturday, 19 October not before 3:00pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 20 October not before 5:00pm
Venue: Ice Palace «Krylatskoye»
Surface: Indoor Hard
Prize Money: US $840,130 (Total Financial Commitment: US $922,520)
Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Max Mirnyi (5)
Oldest Champion: Andreas Seppi, 28, in 2012
Youngest Champion: Andrei Cherkasov, 20, in 1990
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 107 Carl-Uwe Steeb in 1995
Most Match Wins: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (40)
2018 Finals
Singles: [3] [WC] Karen Khachanov (RUS) d Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 62 62
Doubles: [2] Austin Krajicek (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) d [3] Max Mirnyi (BLR) / Philipp Oswald (AUT) 76(4) 64


MAIN DRAW
#4 Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
#8 Karen Khachanov (RUS)
#25 Marin Cilic (CRO)
#31 Andrey Rublev (RUS)
#32 Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
#38 Cristian Garin (CHI)
#44 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
#48 Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
#49 Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
#51 Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)
#58 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
#66 Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
#67 Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
#68 Pierre Hugues Herbert (FRA)
#71 Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
#72 Andreas Seppi (ITA)
#75 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
#78 Nicolas Jarry (CHI)
#80 Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)
#87 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
#89 Thomas Fabbiano (ITA)
#113 Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) WC
#498 Alen Avidzba (RUS) WC
#1497 Alibek Kachmazov (RUS) WC

QUALIFYING DRAW
#93 Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
#98 Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

#132 Ilya Ivashka (BLR)
#151 Lukas Rosol (CZE)
#163 Nikola Milojevic (SRB)
#164 Sebastian Ofner (AUT)
#166 Rudolf Molleker (GER)
#172 Filip Horansky (SVK)
#182 Maxime Janvier (FRA)
#186 Robert Marcora (ITA)
#194 Alexey Vatutin (RUS)
#202 Elliot Benchetrit (FRA)
#229 Roman Safiullin (RUS)
#250 Mirza Basic (BIH)
#269 Evgeny Karlovskiy (RUS)
WC
#424 Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS)
WC
 
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D-Lite

Semi-Pro
I'm keen for a Medvedev vs Khachanov final. I'm pretty sure Medvedev will still play after winning Shanghai as he has stated he loves playing at home and won in St Petersburg. Also interested to see what Rublev can do. Not really sure what to make of the rest of the field. Cilic needs a few wins as he's been nowhere most of the season. Bedene got to a final a few weeks ago so if he stays in that form he will be somewhat dangerous. Not sure why the WCs have gone to such low ranked players - are they the next best ranked Russians?
 

James P

Hall of Fame
I actually think Rublev could knock out Med before the final. He's a dangerous QF opponent and he's from Moscow, so this is his hometown tournament. It's really hard to justify voting against Medvedev these days, though. Briefly considered giving Khachanov my vote, but Medvedev it is...for me.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
I actually think Rublev could knock out Med before the final. He's a dangerous QF opponent and he's from Moscow, so this is his hometown tournament. It's really hard to justify voting against Medvedev these days, though. Briefly considered giving Khachanov my vote, but Medvedev it is...for me.
I can't see Medvedev showing up for the sake of it, I'm sure he'll be intent on winning it. He has more than a good excuse to withdraw after making the F of Shanghai, let alone winning it. I see what you're saying about Rublev, if he can play his best game he will be trouble and seeing as he's at home too, could well be inspired but I can't see anyone but Medvedev taking this just yet. If Medvedev does lose I could see him withdrawing or precautionary withdrawal for an injury (hope not)
 

yokied

Professional
Med will be hard to beat, even on cruise control against this tepid draw. It's not Bash to the USSR like Peterboogie was so he should be even more comfortable. Lajovic is my trolltastic dark horse for the @tennis_pro . Honourable upsets could go to Montezuma, Alleyhash and Seppi.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Wtf are these blackouts with Rublev?..
Bublik looks like a metalhead, lol.
Bublik is a Kyrgios wannabe and often goes trick shot crazy. Routinely hits first serves on 2nd serve.

Its hard to criticize Bublik given this swashbuckling has gotten him near the top 50. Crazy start to the 2nd where Bublik unnerved Rublev and took a 5-0 lead.o_O
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Kohlschreiber and his match points, ffs...

How many players can say they've had at least 5 MPs on three separate occasions and have lost the match? Robredo and Verdasco are in that category.
 
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March31

Rookie
I still have the feeling that Med pulled out to let the other guys win))
But the guys do not seem that much willing to win)
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I still have the feeling that Med pulled out to let the other guys win))
But the guys do not seem that much willing to win)
He pulled out probably for the stated reasons and the simple fact that he wouldn't net a lot of points:
ATP Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo SF 360 20.04.2020
Barcelona F 300 27.04.2020
Washington F 300 03.08.2020
Queen's Club SF 180 22.06.2020
OTHER COUNTABLE TOURNAMENTS
ATP Tour 250 St. Petersburg W 250 21.09.2020
ATP Tour 250 Sofia W 250 10.02.2020

Only would gain 70 points if he won Moscow. Will be interesting if he shows up in Vienna where he gets no bye.:unsure:
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Rublev handles a very dangerous Gerasimov narrowly 7-6, 6-7, 6-2

Chardy serving for set at 5-3 with Kecmanovic on court 1.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
What's with old man Seppi coming good all of a sudden? I thought he was ready to hang up his racquets! :cool:
 

AM75

Hall of Fame
Seppi still too good for the youngsters when the body cooperates. Got to love the weak era old guys winning in their mid 30s.
They should introduce coaching on the ATP tour too. Some of the young players desperately need to their coaches to tell they what to do when they're lost.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
BP Rublev! BP Rublev! A little early on call, but Rublev chops ball in half and now its BP.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Cryic first strike wide of mark, deuce, fault,... 2nd serve...DF

and

BP Rublev! BP Rublev!
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Angrey breaks! Angrey breaks! Nice anticipation and gif worthy celebration

Rublev serves at 6-5
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Ouch Rublev tentative on DTL backhand with Cilic out of position, BP.... Ace! Ace! deuce
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Service winner for another set point.... and despite nice Cilic first return Rublev prevails winning first set 7-5 with 4 straight games.o_O
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
With high camera angle from behind the view of court in Moscow is quite squashed. Can't decide if it's slow or really fast; looks slow.:unsure:
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Cryic keeps perhaps going for too much on 2nd serve vs Rublev 2nd return, DFs into BP, but saves with Ace.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
2 all
Cilic DF to 15-30, 2nd serve.....nice 2nd and first strike for 30 all

Cilic getting craftier in this match with more and more touch and drop shots
 
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