Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was denied a first ATP Tour final appearance since October 2017 as he was beaten 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 by Daniil Medvedev in the last four of the Brisbane International on Saturday.

After easing through the opening set in 26 minutes, Pliskova appeared to switch off as world number 46 Tomljanovic switched gears to win five games without reply before levelling the contest at one set apiece.

"He played fantastic", Medvedev said of Nishikori.

At 4-4 in the decider, Medvedev then rallied from 0-40 down to gain the decisive break when his former world No. 3 opponent hit a cross-court forehand well wide.

"When you're able to turn these matches around, it gives you some extra and different confidence", Pliskova said. "For sure, [this year is] a better start because I feel this tournament is always the start of the year".

"And he did really well the last game, I mean the 4-3 game".

The 22-year-old began his breakout 2018 by beating Alex de Minaur in the Sydney International final and will return as world No.16 with maximum points to defence. "I've never had a match like this, but I'm happy I'm back in the semis", Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 27 winners, said.

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"I'm happy to go into Melbourne, one of my favourite tournaments there", he said.

De Minaur, who announced himself with a semi-final charge in Brisbane 12 months ago, ran and ran in the second set as Tsonga blazed away.

"I think everything was against me today".

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.

The 30-year-old Spaniard missed much of last year with injury, but beat both Stan Wawrinka and world No1 Novak Djokovic on his way to his first title since Dubai last year.

· In Doha, No24-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut beat Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to win his ninth title with his 250th match-win.

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