Nishikori Tops Medvedev to Win Brisbane International Title

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Tsonga, 33, overcame the seventh-seeded rising Australian star 6-4 7-6 (7-2) in a high-quality contest to set up a meeting with Andy Murray's conqueror Daniil Medvedev on Saturday.

But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in almost three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena. "I felt like I was too fast on the court - now, I will go for a trophy". "I mean top players, champions of our sport", Medvedev said.

"I realized I had to do something to win this match and I think I made a change really well", he said.

"She believed that I can still win it - I felt there is no chance I can win this match", Pliskova said.

Tsurenko took the first set in 38 minutes, firing 10 winners and making 81 percent of her first serves. "I've never had a match like this, but I'm happy I'm back in the semis", Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 27 winners, said.

"He played unbelievable", Medvedev said of Nishikori.

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"I think we need him on tour". Nishikori and Medvedev split their two FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with the Russian winning their most recent contest past year in the Tokyo final.

The 30-year-old Spaniard missed much of last year with injury, but beat both Stan Wawrinka and world No1 Novak Djokovic on his way to his first title since Dubai last year.

The world number nine, who had lost his last nine finals, including three in 2018, was looking to avenge a straight-sets loss to Medvedev in Tokyo last October. Jeremy Chardy to reach the Brisbane International final.

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 and 12th overall of her career.

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