Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Tsonga trumps de Minaur in Brisbane

Tsonga trumps de Minaur in Brisbane

The former world number five saw his 2018 season wrecked by injury and approached this tournament ranked 239th, but he found his form again in Australia to move within reach of a 29th Tour final - his first since Vienna the year before last.

But the world number 16 was unable to complete the comeback and lost each of his final three service games, including the last one to love, as his attempts to capture a fourth ATP Tour hard-court title in 12 months ended in failure. The Russian player started losing ground as Nishikori clinch the set 6-4.

The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.

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

In Brisbane, Medvedev looked on course to continue that run of form after wins over the returning Andy Murray in his opener, then No5 seed Milos Raonic, and the in-form Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He served out the set to level the match, 6-3.

"I always start with this tournament and Melbourne, [but I] couldn't make it a year ago". 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.

"I think everything was against me today".

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

Tsurenko is 4-0 in finals, and is hoping to extend that streak when she takes on Karolina Pliskova, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4 to reach the title match.

"I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have - like toward the end of last year".

"I didn't lose one serve in the match, and that was the key", said Medvedev, who secured his maiden ATP Tour title in Australia nearly 12 months ago at the Sydney International.

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