Kei Nishikori rolls into Brisbane final

09 January, 2019, 08:56 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Kei Nishikori is through to the Brisbane final against Daniil Medvedev

Japan's Kei Nishikori overcame Daniil Medvedev in the Brisbane International final on Sunday (Jan 6) for his first ATP title in almost three years and the 12th of his career.

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

At 4-4 in the decider, Medvedev then rallied from 0-40 down to gain the decisive break when his former world No. 3 opponent hit a cross-court forehand well wide. "Tomorrow I will go for a trophy", Nishikori said post-match, per the Brisbane International.

With that in mind it's likely you'll find the 19-year-old resting in bed on Saturday in Sydney, having lost a quality quarter-final against a rejuvenated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Brisbane on Friday night.

"Today's match; it was good tennis and I'm sure Daniil is going to be top 10 soon", Nishikori said after the Brisbane International final.

"He played awesome", Medvedev said of Nishikori.

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 think we need him on tour".

"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.

"And despite many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves".

"I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that".

"I'm continuously learning and that's something that's never going to change for me", he said.

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.

"This helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned what I have to do to, not fix it, but what I can do to improve the situation so there aren't many moments that I feel like that", the Japanese added.

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