Kremlin Cup – Medvedev Looks to Extend Streak, Who Is in his Way?

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Daniil Medvedev is continuing to impress the tennis crowds wherever he plays. The Russian youngster is now on a streak of six consecutive finals played (Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open, St. Petersburg, Shanghai), and will be looking to continue his streak this week in Moscow at the Kremlin Cup. Will he be able to do it? Let’s see how his road to another final looks like.

VTB Kremlin Cup belongs in the ATP 250 series category and will include a draw of 28 singles players. By being the first seed, Medvedev was awarded a bye in the first round. In the second round, he will play the winner of the match between two wild card participants – Alibek Kachmazov and Alen Avidzba. 

There should be no issues for the world number four, so a place in the quarter-finals is almost guaranteed for him.

There, he will likely play the sixth seed, Andrey Rublev, if he manages to move past Bublik in the opening match. The biggest hurdle for Medvedev might come in the semi-finals, where he could play against the former Grand Slam champion Marin Čilić, who is set as the third seed in the tournament. 

Čilić has struggled this year and is currently 25th in the world. However, he likes playing in Moscow and has won this tournament twice before, lifting back-to-back trophies in 2014 and 2015.

Apart from Čilić, potential semi-final opponents for Medvedev might be Karlović, Chardy, or Mannarino. If he reaches the final match, Daniil will likely meet his fellow countryman Karen Kachanov.

Medvedev is looking to appear in his seventh straight ATP final, most than any other players this year. The current record for consecutive finals appearances on the ATP tour is held by Djoković and Federer, who both managed to play 17 straight finals. This feat seems insurmountable for now, considering the level of tournaments Medvedev is expected to play in the next several months.