Clinical Nishikori into Brisbane ATP final

Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a shot during his quarter final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International tennis tournament

Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a shot during his quarter final match against Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International tennis tournament

Fourth-seed Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation on Friday had to rally from a one set deficit to defeat big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4 and qualify for the semifinal of the Brisbane International.

The 29-year-old Japanese star was in superb form as he put on a commanding all-court display against his French opponent to advance to the final for the second time in three years 6-2 6-2.

"Great final today, I lost to him previous year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today", Nishikori added. Playing with these guys, these top players, always motivates me.

Medvedev came back from 0-3 down in the first set then saved two set points in the first set tiebreak before running away with the second. He went on to make the final of the Monte Carlo Masters, the quarters at Wimbledon, and the semis of the US Open.

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Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova kisses the winning trophy after defeating Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the women's singles final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament. The Russian player started losing ground as Nishikori clinch the set 6-4.

"I didn't lose one serve in the match, and that was the key", said Medvedev, who secured his maiden ATP Tour title in Australia nearly 12 months ago at the Sydney International.

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.

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

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

"Everything was going well for me". So I think that was my main problem.

The 30-year-old Spaniard missed much of last year with injury, but beat both Stan Wawrinka and world No1 Novak Djokovic on his way to his first title since Dubai last year. "Hopefully this isn't like a recurring thing".

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