Nishikori's ATP drought ends in Brisbane

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the Brisbane International after defeating top-ranked Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday.

It also gave him his 12th ATP title, and, perhaps more importantly, his first for nearly three years since claiming victory at the Memphis Open in February 2016.

Now Medvedev hit back, saving multiple break points in the early stages of the second set and breaking in the eighth game, 5-3.

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.

Four-time champion David Ferrer broke Robin Haase six times en route to a 6-2 6-1 victory, while Leonardo Mayer ousted ninth seed Steve Johnson 7-5 6-3.

"I didn't decide yet, but I think it's more no than yes", Pliskova said last night when asked if she would play in Sydney.

"Rennae said 'I am absolutely sure you can win this match, ' which gave me some confidence and belief that I can do it".

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"And he did really well the last game, I mean the 4-3 game".

"I'm really happy that finally I've won this title, it's been like seven or eight times at this tournament".

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"Last year I did a lot of that and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have, towards the end of last year. Playing good tennis [and being] very happy and healthy is one of the best keys for me".

"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was ideal". The former world number one, however, made a strong comeback and won 13 straight points to keep her winning hopes alive in the match.

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.

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