Nishikori clinches Brisbane International title

Marcus Newton
January 9, 2019

Kei Nishikori beat Jeremy Chardy for the sixth consecutive time on Saturday to reach his second Brisbane International final 6-2, 6-2.

But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in almost three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena.

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.

"Great final today, I lost to him past year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today", Nishikori added.

He showed all the qualities of a top five player in his 66-minute demolition at the Pat Rafter Arena. "But then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff", Osaka said.

There were quarter-final wins for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Daniil Medvedev at the Brisbane International on Friday.

"I'm really happy that I've been playing really well this week", he added.

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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That game he eventually lost, but asked if he was playing too much, Djokovic simply said: "I'm fine, I'll be fine". I care playing with him more than with anybody else, so that's why it took a lot out of me emotionally.

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

"I think everything was against me today".

"And despite many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves".

Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the title match.

Going into the match, the pair were very evenly matched, at least on paper, having played each other twice before, both a year ago, with the results split evenly between the two of them.

"It was hurting a little bit, but I said, "just fight till the end".

"I'm going to go there and practice tomorrow and see how it goes and decide from there", he told AAP. "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

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