Nishikori ends three-year wait for title with Brisbane triumph

09 January, 2019, 08:57 | Author: George Williams
  • Tennis Clinical Kei Nishikori into Brisbane International final

Kei Nishikori's strong pre-Australian Open form has continued, the Japanese star demolishing world No.40 Jeremy Chardy to reach the Brisbane International final.

But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in almost three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena. I felt like I was too fast on the court today. Playing with these guys, these top players, always motivates me.

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. "Tomorrow I will go for a trophy", Nishikori, the 2014 United States open finalist said after the win.

The 2019 Brisbane International titles have been claimed by Japan's Kei Nishikori and Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, with both players showing determination under pressure in their respective finals on Sunday.

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"Today's match; it was good tennis and I'm sure Daniil is going to be top 10 soon", Nishikori said after the Brisbane International final. "Serve and return was phenomenal", Nishikori said.

Chardy's high unforced error count (26-8) was also punished as Nishikori, who beat former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals, won through in 66 minutes. He served out the set to level the match, 6-3.

"Maybe first match [against Denis Kudla] was a little bit tight, but after Dimi's [Grigor Dimitrov] match and today's match was nearly flawless, I would say.

So I had to start at some ATP Challenger Tour events", said Nishikori.

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"I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that".

"It's going to be a big lesson for me, and I'm trying to stay positive". So I think that was my main problem. "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

"I had so many chances and I thought I could win in two sets".

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