Nishikori storms past Chardy in Brisbane International semifinals

Kei Nishikori is through to the Brisbane final against Daniil Medvedev

Kei Nishikori is through to the Brisbane final against Daniil Medvedev

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.

Nishikori last won a title in February 2016, with a loss in Tokyo to Medvedev last year and another final loss in Brisbane two years ago particularly frustrating for the favourite.

World number nine Nishikori started slowly, trailing 3-0 in the opening set but responded in typically determined fashion to win six of the next seven games for an early advantage.

Both players held serve through the first set, although the Russian player faced three set points in the 10th game, but he eventually lost the set in a tie break a couple of games later.

The 29-year-old Nishikori managed to break Chardy's serve four times - out of five opportunities he created - twice in each set, while he was able to save all two break points he faced to improve their head-to-head record to 7-2, reports Efe news.

"I didn't decide yet, but I think it's more no than yes", Pliskova said last night when asked if she would play in Sydney.

"I feel nearly home there, so I hope I can do well, better than a quarter-final". He served out the set to level the match, 6-3.

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And he hopes that he can continue the momentum into the Australian Open, where he has never been beyond the quarter-finals.

Going into the match, the pair were very evenly matched, at least on paper, having played each other twice before, both past year, with the results split evenly between the two of them.

"I always start with this tournament and Melbourne".

"I think everything was against me today".

Medvedev reached the decider with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The win is the second time that Pliskova has won the Brisbane International, thanking her Australian coach for rousing her when she was at her low point during the match.

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

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