Medvedev beats Raonic to reach Brisbane International semis

ATP Brisbane Kei Nishikori and Daniil Medvedev forge thrilling final

Andy Murray's winning start to 2019 came to a halt at the Brisbane International as he was beaten 7-5 6-2 by Daniil Medvedev in their second-round meeting.

Tsonga will face Medvedev in Saturday's semifinal, who believes he's primed for a strong Australian Open after seeing off Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals.

Pliskova was jolted back to life in the decider and showed the poise that has accompanied her rise up the rankings, as the world number eight raced to a 5-0 lead before sealing victory.

"Great final today, I lost to him (Medvedev) a year ago in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today".

The 29-year-old triumphed 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a little over two hours to claim his first ATP success since beating Taylor Fritz in Memphis in February 2016.

The pair having split their two previous career meetings one-all, while Nishikori is chasing his first title in almost three years.

The second set was a close affair and went to a tiebreak following 12 consecutive holds of serve.

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

"I feel nearly home there, so I hope I can do well, better than a quarter-final".

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.

"Amazing match, incredible week, if he plays like this he's going to have a lot of success this season", Medvedev said of his conqueror.

But he recovered to break back and then seized the advantage at 3-3 when he broke Medvedev again, taking the first set in 42 minutes.

"I think everything was against me today".

"There is nothing better than this", the Japanese said afterwards.

"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.



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