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Medvedev overpowers Raonic to reach Brisbane International semis

09 January, 2019, 08:59 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Tsonga will play Russian 22-year-old Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Brisbane decider, while Frenchman Jeremy Chardy meets second seed Kei Nishikori in the other semi-final on Saturday.

South Korean Chung, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals past year, fell at the first hurdle for the second tournament in succession, going down 7-5 6-3 to a player ranked 285 places below him.

He fought back from 3-0 down in the first set to take the next five games, eventually closing it out by serving to love.

He only served two aces compared with the 11 sent down by Chardy, but Nishikori returned superbly and pressured the Frenchman's serve throughout, breaking him twice in each set.

Four-time champion David Ferrer broke Robin Haase six times en route to a 6-2 6-1 victory, while Leonardo Mayer ousted ninth seed Steve Johnson 7-5 6-3.

"When you're able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence", Pliskova said.

"Great final today, I lost to him previous year in the final in Japan, so I'm happy to get revenge today", Nishikori added.




"I don't really agree it was up and down because I didn't lose one serve in the match".

Despite returning to form in Brisbane, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not find his way past Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.

Come his home tournament in Tokyo in October, all looked set fair for a triumphant title run until he met Medvedev in the final, and the young Russian continued his own surge up the ranks with his third title of the year, a dominant 6-2, 6-4 win.

In the women's final, Czech player Karolina Pliskova won the title, coming from behind to beat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Frenchman hit a backhand victor down the line to take his second break and a 5-4 first half lead, before serving out to love to clinch the opener.

"Despite (the) many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves so I'm happy about it and I'm happy about the win", he said.

"I think I returned well - that was the biggest key, I think".

"I was a bit more aggressive than him and it made the difference", he said.

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