Tsonga trumps de Minaur in Brisbane

Tsonga trumps de Minaur in Brisbane

Tsonga trumps de Minaur in Brisbane

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.

The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in three years.

Nishikori had not won a tournament since Memphis in 2016, and was hampered by a wrist injury the following year which forced a break from the 2018 tour.

And he showed all the qualities of a top-five player in his 66-minute demolition at Pat Rafter Arena.

The deciding set saw Medvedev committing multiple errors which helped Nishikori gain a 3-1 lead. "But then the ball wouldn't go in, and then I would go back to being like childish and stuff", Osaka said.

Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev may opt to skip his Sydney International defence following a strong campaign in Brisbane.

"The main goal is to do well in Australian Open, but I'm really happy that I've been playing really well this week", he said.

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.

By and large, the final was an extension of the rock-solid tennis he produced all week as he won 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and was for once the man making the winner's speech, not politely applauding as the gallant loser.

In women's singles, Czech tennis star Karolina Pliskova battled past Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the final clash to clinch her second Brisbane International title.

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

"Today's match was nearly flawless, I would say".

"It was hurting a little bit, but I said, "just fight till the end".

"I'm continuously learning and that's something that's never going to change for me", he said. "So hopefully this isn't a recurring thing".

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