Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Nishikori Tops Medvedev to Win Brisbane International Title

Nishikori Tops Medvedev to Win Brisbane International Title

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.

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.

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.

Tsonga made his breakthrough as he levelled the tiebreak at 2-2, going on to win the next five points to seal a straight-sets win.

Any thought Medvedev would take the momentum into the decider proved wrong as Nishikori stormed to a 5-1 lead, eventually wrapping up the final in just over two hours.

"I will just see how I feel".

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has shown no signs of a seven-month tour absence through injury last season, reprising his form of more than a decade ago to beat Australian Alex de Minaur in the Brisbane International quarter-finals.

"Despite (the) many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves so I'm happy about it and I'm happy about the win", he said.

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

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

"I was a little bit flat after the first set.

So I had to start at some ATP Challenger Tour events", said Nishikori.

The win is the second time that Pliskova has won the Brisbane International, thanking her Australian coach for rousing her when she was at her low point during 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.

"Even if I lost today, I think I was very confident, and some of the matches I played some of the best [players]".

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