The Kremlin Cup organizers have fulfilled their biggest goal for this year's event as defending champion Karen Khachanov and world No. 8 Daniil Medvedev have committed to play in Moscow later this season, per Michal Samulski.
Khachanov, who won his maiden Kremlin Cup title last year after beating France's Adrian Mannarino in the final, is set to make his fifth appearance on the indoor-hard courts of Moscow. On the other side, 23-year-old Medvedev is set for a fourth consecutive Moscow main draw appearance as he will be aiming to make it all the way at the Russian event for the first time in his career.
After back-to-back quarterfinal exits in Moscow, Medvedev achieved his best result at the tournament last year when he made the semifinal before losing to his fellow compatriot and good friend Khachanov. It won't be a surprise if Medvedev, who is enjoying a breakthrough season on the tour as he has already played five finals this year, enters Moscow as the top favorite to win it all from October 14-20.