By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Viktor Troicki
- 2015 Champion: Marin Cilic
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Shanghai surprise package Roberto Bautista Agut arrives fresh off making his first Masters 1000 final to head up with Kremlin Cup field.
Draw & Results
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For so long the Spaniard has been Mr Consistent. He travels through the draws rarely attracting the attention afforded to his more well-known compatriots. His strength is that his game is a fairly decent all-rounder, and as we saw in Shanghai, he can take any opportunity that is handed to him by his opponents.
He is a few places adrift of his career high, but has been a solid fixture in the Top 20, but has picked up two titles already this year. He looks set to clash with compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals. Last year’s finalist will be hoping to make his second final in as many weeks.
Ramos-Vinolas picked up his first title in Bastad and has made some good inroads into Slams this year, reaching the third and fourth rounds and a quarter-final for the first time at the French Open, and reached a career high this year – so all in all not bad.
He has struggled in the hard court summer with a foot injury that saw him pull out of Toronto and his results up to the second round of the US Open showed that it took him some time to get over that, before a run to the final in Chengdu. However Beijing and Shanghai were all first round losses so he will hope to pick up some wins in Moscow.
Kohlschreiber returns to try and better his run to the semi-final where he lost out to Bautista Agut last year. After winning his fifth ATP World Tour title in Germany, and his seventh overall in Munich, he lost in Stuttgart (to Dominic Thiem) but after two quarter-finals (Halle and Hamburg) he has struggled to put any back to back wins together, struggling with some injuries this year and retiring in his opening round in the US Open.
He could come up short against players who look to be a lot more match sharp in his section of the draw.
 Viktor Troicki
The 2010 champion will hope to better his opening departure of his latest two appearances at the tournament. After starting the year will winning the Sydney title, he has made just one final (Sofia, losing to Bautista Agut) and since then he has had a few good runs including reaching the semi-final I Chengdu.
He ought to push through to the quarter-finals at least as he seems to have picked up some momentum in the latter half of the year.
The Kremlin Cup takes place between 17-23 October.
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