Nishikori triumphs in Brisbane to end three-year wait for ATP title

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Jeremy Chardy to reach the Brisbane International final. He's one of the talented players on the tour and fun to watch.

Tsonga - a 2008 Australian Open finalist - wound back the clock to beat de Minaur 6-4 7-6 (7-2) on Pat Rafter Arena as he continued his promising return following a seven-month injury hiatus past year.

"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". Medvedev extracted one break back, but Nishikori replied in kind to break again for the title, 6-2. That's why I'm playing...

The Czech Republic player continued with her aggressive run as she dropped just two points her behind her first serve in the deciding set to win the final match.

"I'm really happy that finally I've won this title, it's been like seven or eight times at this tournament".

"Last year I did a lot of that and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have, towards the end of last year".

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The unseeded Tsurenko had claimed the first set and was up 5-3 in the second, serving for the match, when Pliskova started her comeback. The final also marked the return of Berdych after nearly seven months off the tour with injury.

John Millman fought from a set down to defeat Frances Tiafoe 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 and his fellow Australian Jordan Thompson also required three sets to advance past Taro Daniel and into the quarter-finals.

The victory was Nishikori's 12th career ATP crown, and snapped a 9-match losing streak in tour-level finals.

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.

The Russian, ranked 16 in the world, prevailed 6-7 (2) 6-3 6-4 over the 2016 victor to set up a meeting with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It took the Canadian 45 spots up the ranks to just outside the top 100.

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