Kei Nishikori breaks staggering run of outs to take Brisbane title

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

As the highest remaining seed in a high-quality draw in Brisbane after world No2 Rafael Nadal pulled out, Nishikori beat world No16, Daniil Medvedev, one of the brightest young prospects on the tennis scene, in a seesawing two hours, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

"I lost to him [Medvedev] past year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today".

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

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

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.

She helped me just to get motivated a little bit more, to get going a little bit more.

Medvedev saved all eight of the break points he faced in an impressive 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic, who was beaten despite serving 29 aces.

"I think today was probably one of the most ideal matches I've ever played in my career", said Vekic.

Both players held serve through the first set, although the Russian player faced three set points in the 10th game, but he eventually lost the set in a tie break a couple of games later. "I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well".

"I think we need him on tour".

Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the title match.

"It's going to be a big lesson for me, and I'm trying to stay positive".

Osaka, who withdrew from next week's Sydney International, said Saturday's experience was better than winning in Brisbane as she gears up for the Australian Open later this month. "So I think like that was sort of my main problem today".

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