Nishikori ends title drought with Brisbane International win

Nishikori ends title drought with Brisbane International win

Nishikori ends title drought with Brisbane International win

World number nine Kei Nishikori defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in the summit clash to clinch the 2019 Brisbane International title here at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday.

He will head in as favourite on Sunday against 16th-ranked Medvedev, although the 22-year-old put on a serving clinic of his own to press his title claims in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 defeat of French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Nishikori had not won a tournament since Memphis in 2016, and was hampered by a wrist injury the following year which forced a break from the 2018 tour.

"A lot of my time is spent in the hotel lying in bed trying to conserve as much energy as I can, because whenever I step out on court there's so much I leave out there", he said.

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

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.

"To win the tournament is very emotional, and I mean that's why I'm playing", he said.

De Minaur, who announced himself with a semi-final charge in Brisbane 12 months ago, ran and ran in the second set as Tsonga blazed away.

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"I managed to come back in the second set, but he played incredible and deserved it", Medvedev said of Nishikori.

"But (Stubbs) said, "I am absolutely sure you can win this match", which gave me some confidence and belief that I can do it and that's what I did".

"I think I returned well - that was the biggest key, I think".

"Despite the many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves so I'm happy about it and the win... to see that what I have been working on in the off-season works in Brisbane is already a good sign".

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

In women's singles, Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova battled past Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the final clash to clinch her second Brisbane International title.

"Everything was going well for me".

"There is nothing better than this", the Japanese said afterwards.

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