Friday, 18 January, 2019

Sydney International: Daniil Medvedev to reconsider title defence ahead of Australian Open

Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final Kei Nishikori breaks staggering run of outs to take Brisbane title
Isaac Mcdaniel | 09 January, 2019, 06:30

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.

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

"I was really nervous and he started incredible", Medvedev said.

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.

The Ukrainian took an injury time out after rolling her ankle while being broken in the first game of the third set and was powerless to prevent the world number eight from storming to her 12th career title. "I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight", Pliskova, who needed a pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs to regain composure, said.

Nishikori was all over the Russian in the second set, his powerful and well-directed groundstrokes forcing Medvedev into errors.

But he chalked it up as another valuable lesson against a red-hot opponent as he prepares for next week's Sydney International, where he made the final a year ago, and the Australian Open later this month. He served out the set to level the match, 6-3.

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"I think everything was against me today".

Nishikori, who last won a Tour title in 2016, made light work of his opponent 6-2 6-2 in the day session.

The world number nine defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev, the man who beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-4 3-6 6-2.

"I just tried to change the things around a little bit and believed I was going to get a chance".

"I'm going to go there and practice tomorrow and see how it goes and decide from there", he told AAP. "Hopefully this isn't like a recurring thing".

The world No.31 is expected to rise two spots despite not replicating his audacious semi-final run of 12 months earlier at the Brisbane International.

"This helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned what I have to do to, not fix it, but what I can do to improve the situation so there aren't many moments that I feel like that", the Japanese added.

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