Karolina Pliskova and Kei Nishikori victorious at Brisbane International

Karolina Pliskova and Kei Nishikori victorious at Brisbane International

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 Japanese star was in superb form as he put on a commanding all-court display against his French opponent to advance to the final for the second time in three years 6-2 6-2.

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.

"I feel nearly home there, so I hope I can do well, better than a quarter-final". Playing with these guys, these top players, always motivates me.

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Although Medvedev broke back to 5-2, the Russian's resistance was broken when Nishikori flashed a backhand passing shot past his left shoulder, allowing him to celebrate with his 12th career title after 51 events without success. "Tomorrow I will go for a trophy", Nishikori said post-match, per the Brisbane International.

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.

"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.

"And despite many chances that he had, I managed to hold my serves".

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He only served two aces compared with the 11 sent down by Chardy, but Nishikori returned superbly and pressured the Frenchman's serve throughout, breaking him twice in each set.

"I think everything was against me today".

Last year's finalist Nishikori, who prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, won 70 percent of points on his first serve and converted five out of 15 break point opportunities to snap a nine-match losing streak in finals.

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

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"I'm continuously learning and that's something that's never going to change for me", he said. So I think that was my main problem. "Hopefully this isn't like a recurring thing".

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