Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Nishikori Tops Medvedev to Win Brisbane International Title

ATP Brisbane Kei Nishikori and Daniil Medvedev forge thrilling final Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final
Jennie Wade | 09 January, 2019, 08:59

Kei Nishikori ended a three-year wait for a tour title after downing Daniil Medvedev in three sets in Sunday's Brisbane International final.

He showed all the qualities of a top five player in his 66-minute demolition at the Pat Rafter Arena.

The other semi-final will be contested by Naomi Osaka and Lesia Tsurenko after the US Open champion managed to grind out a three-set win over Anastasija Sevastova while the Ukrainian dispatched Anett Kontaveit in straights.

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after missing a shot during his finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. "I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well", Osaka said.

He only served two aces compared with the 11 sent down by Chardy, but Nishikori returned superbly and pressured the Frenchman's serve throughout, breaking him twice in each set.

"So I had to start at some ATP Challenger Tour events", said Nishikori.

"And he did really well the last game, I mean the 4-3 game".

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No. 4 seed Medvedev fought back to win 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4, saving all eight break points while also making better use of his opportunities.

"Last year I did a lot of that and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have, towards the end of last year".

"I didn't lose one serve in the match, and that was the key", said Medvedev, who secured his maiden ATP Tour title in Australia nearly 12 months ago at the Sydney International.

The unseeded Tsurenko looked headed for the biggest win of her career when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, only for Pliskova to come storming back to win 4-6,7-5, 6-2 and claim her second Brisbane title.

"I'm going to go there and practice tomorrow and see how it goes and decide from there", he told AAP.

"I had so many chances and I thought I could win in two sets". "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

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