Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Kei Nishikori Wins the Brisbane International Title

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.

By and large, the final was an extension of the rock-solid tennis he produced all week as he won 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and was for once the man making the winner's speech, not politely applauding as the gallant loser.

Medvedev, who saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals, saved eight break points in the second set before capitalising on an unusually errant service game from Nishikori and levelling the match.

However, Nishikori is renowned for his ability to return serve and play from the baseline, and so it proved here, as he broke back, and then broke again, to claim the first set 6-6.

"I will just see how I feel".

Come his home tournament in Tokyo in October, all looked set fair for a triumphant title run until he met Medvedev in the final, and the young Russian continued his own surge up the ranks with his third title of the year, a dominant 6-2, 6-4 win.

Nishikori said he was pleased with his form heading into the Australian Open, where he has never progressed further than the quarterfinals. "I served well, I returned well - I think that was the key today - and I was moving well, that was fantastic".

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"I always start with this tournament and Melbourne, [but I] couldn't make it a year ago".

Tsurenko served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but the tall Czech drew on all her experience to overcome her dogged opponent and regain the title she won at the Queensland Tennis Centre two years ago.

"I felt like I was too fast on the court today - I felt very good".

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.

Tsurenko faces 2017 champion and former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, who thumped Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.

"He played like a top 10 player tonight and I gave him a fight".

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