Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Medvedev halts Tsonga to book Nishikori final

Medvedev halts Tsonga to book Nishikori final

Japanese star Kei Nishikori was in superb form as he demolished Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in the Brisbane International semi-finals on Saturday.

Once as high as No.4 in the world, Nishikori drifted out to 39 in April past year before lifting himself back inside the top 10.

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.

Three times a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park, Nishikori missed last year's Australian Open with a wrist injury and is keen to return with his title drought broken.

"Everything was working well today", Nishikori said.

"Even if I lose today, I think I was very confident, and some of the matches I played one of the best".

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Medvedev defeated Raonic in Tokyo last October en route to his first ATP 500 title and he emerged as the victor today as well, overcoming the opening set deficit and all eight break points he faced to leave the big server behind in sets two and three and set Tsonga clash for the place in the final.

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.

But he recovered to break back and then seized the advantage at 3-3 when he broke Medvedev again, taking the first set in 42 minutes.

The Russian, who stands at 1.98 metres, was able to withstand the huge serving of Tsonga and out-hit him from the baseline. "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.

"I didn't do anything wrong".

The 31-year-old Briton has slipped to 240th in the world rankings following surgery on his troublesome hip and admitted after overcoming Duckworth that he does not know how much longer his career will last.

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