Daniil Medvedev beats Milos Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Daniil Medvedev beats Milos Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

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.

"I just felt somehow exhausted from the beginning of the day", Pliskova said.

"The way he's serving, I'm just going to try to be present and if he have my chances, I needed to take it", Medvedev said.

"Even if I lost today, I think I was very confident, and some of the matches I played some of the best [players]".

Japan's Naomi Osaka lamented her poor attitude following a straight sets thrashing by Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semifinals but the US Open victor said defeat came with a valuable lesson.

"I managed to come back in the second set, but he played incredible and deserved it", Medvedev said of Nishikori. "I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight", Pliskova, who needed a pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs to regain composure, said.

Returning to Sydney as the World No.16, Nishikori believes that the Russian has the potential to crack the top ten Down Under.

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"He played like a top 10 player tonight and I gave him a fight". Nishikori and Medvedev split their two FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with the Russian winning their most recent contest past year in the Tokyo final.

Nishikori got a near three-year-old monkey off his back with the defeat of Russia's Daniil Medvedev at Pat Rafter Arena, the title snapping a run of nine finals losses since his last tour win in February 2016.

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

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.

"Everything was going well for me".

"I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have - like toward the end of last year".

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