Pliskova overhauls Tsurenko to win Brisbane title

Ruben Holloway
January 9, 2019

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.

The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in three years.

He showed all the qualities of a top five player in his 66-minute demolition at the 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.

"This week was one of the best for me", Nishikori, who beat Denis Kudla, Grigor Dimitrov and Jeremy Chardy this week, said.

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Come his home tournament in Tokyo in October, all looked set fair for a triumphant title run until he met Medvedev in the final, and the young Russian continued his own surge up the ranks with his third title of the year, a dominant 6-2, 6-4 win. "I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight", Pliskova, who needed a pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs to regain composure, said.

"I think we had the great fight until 5-4, and then suddenly, I don't know, maybe she raised her level so much that I was not ready for that".

"I think today was probably one of the most flawless matches I've ever played in my career", said Vekic.

Medvedev withstood the huge serving of Canadian Milos Raonic to win a brutal match 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4.

Kei Nishikori says he would have arrived in Melbourne happy even if he had lost a tenth-straight ATP final on Sunday.

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"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was ideal".

Donna Vekic trounced 2018 finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0 to reach the women's semifinals, where she will play either fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova or Ajla Tomljanovic.

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

"It's going to be a big lesson for me, and I'm trying to stay positive". "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

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