Kei Nishikori targets Brisbane title after great semi-final performance

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

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.

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.

"If I'm being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude today".

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

He also broke Nishikori to take a 3-0 lead in the final, but the Japanese man levelled at 3-3, went on to break again in the seventh game, and served out the set 6-4. "But then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff", Osaka said.

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after missing a shot during his finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

"Knowing I'm mentally and physically fresh that's when I'm playing my best".

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"He played fantastic", Medvedev said of Nishikori.

"He played like a top 10 player tonight and I gave him a fight".

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.

"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'm continuously learning and that's something that's never going to change for me", he said.

"I was a bit more aggressive than him and it made the difference", he said. "Hopefully this isn't like a recurring thing". "So I think like that was sort of my main problem today".

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