Kei Nishikori targets Brisbane title after great semi-final performance

Kei Nishikori targets Brisbane title after great semi-final performance

Kei Nishikori targets Brisbane title after great semi-final performance

He will head in as favourite on Sunday against 16th-ranked Medvedev, although the 22-year-old put on a serving clinic of his own to press his title claims in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 defeat of French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

And he showed all the qualities of a top-five player in his 66-minute demolition at Pat Rafter Arena.

The 26-year-old has always been touted as a future victor of a Grand Slam, but despite a stint as world number one, her best result in a major was runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open.

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

"I think everything was against me today".

Tsonga staved off break points in the next game and then really found his groove, high-fiving the crowd after a nifty one-handed backhand victor from deep in the court.

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts after missing a shot during his finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.

"I managed to come back in the second set, but he played incredible and deserved it".

Regardless of whether he choses to play in Sydney or not, Medvedev leaves Brisbane with strong preparation behind him for the Australian Open.

"I didn't do anything wrong".

The Spain-based teenager lamented a handful of missed opportunities that came amid a barrage of Tsonga winners. "Tomorrow I will go for a trophy", Nishikori said post-match, per the Brisbane International.

Donna Vekic defeated 2018 finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0 to reach the women's semifinals and will next play fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

"The main goal is to do well in Australian Open, but I'm really happy that I've been playing really well this week", he said.

"I'm going to go there and practice tomorrow and see how it goes and decide from there", he told AAP.

"I just tried to change the things around a little bit and believed I was going to get a chance. So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

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