MOSCOW, October 23. / TASS /. Russian Aslan Karatsev defeated Gilles Simon of France in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Kremlin Cup tennis tournament, which takes place in the Russian capital of Moscow from October 16-24.
The Russian tennis player, seeded 2 in the tournament, overtook his French opponent on Friday night with a straight-set victory of 6-4, 6-3 and is now ready to play in the semi-finals against compatriot Karen Khachanov.
Karatsev, 28, is ranked 22nd in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings. He won an ATP title and his best Grand Slam result was reaching the semifinals of the 2021 Australian Open. Karatsev is also a silver medalist at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in mixed doubles (in couple with Yelena Vesnina).
Khachanov, 3rd seed, ousted Australian John Millman in the quarterfinals on Friday with the 7-5; 7-6 (7-4) victory. The 25-year-old Russian is the winner of four ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournaments and is currently ranked world No.25 in the ATP rankings. Khachanov’s best Grand Slam result was reaching the quarter-finals of Roland Garros 2019 and Wimbledon 2021. He is also a silver medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in men’s singles.
The 2021 VTB Kremlin Cup is hosted this year by two venues, namely the Luzhniki Sports Palace and the Irina Vinner-Usmanova Gymnastics Palace. The tournament is offering $ 1.345 million in cash prizes.
The 2020 Kremlin Cup in Moscow was canceled last year as a precaution against the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to cancel the tournament in Moscow last year was backed by the Women Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
The Kremlin Cup in Moscow was first held in 1990 and was only held for men’s competitions. Women’s competitions within the framework of the Kremlin Cup tournament were introduced in 1996.
Russia’s Andrey Rublev won the 2019 Kremlin Cup in Moscow in men’s singles, while Belgium’s Belinda Bencic claimed her victory in women’s singles that year.