Former world number one Marat Safin will have a chance on Sunday to win his first title in almost four years. Seventh-seeded Safin, whose last title came at the 2005 Australian Open, will face compatriot Igor Kunitsyn, who saw off French veteran Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 6-3.
"I knew that he (Santoro) would battle for every point and was ready for it,"
Kunitsyn said. "We met twice this year and I knew how to play against him and my plan worked."
"It's great to play at home in the final and tomorrow I will do my best not to miss my chance to win in front of my home crowd."
Safin reached the Kremlin Cup final without hitting a ball, he was handed a walkover when his 21-year-old German opponent Mischa Zverev withdrew from their semi-final through illness.
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