Kei Nishikori dug himself out of an early hole on Jan. 6 to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the men’s final of the Brisbane International.
For Nishikori, the tournament’s second seed and world No. 9, it was his first tour victory since he won his fourth straight Memphis Open title in February 2016. The two last met at last year’s Rakuten Japan Open final, when the Russian beat Nishikori in straight sets.
The victory in the Australian Open warmup event is Nishikori’s 12th career tour championship.
After trading sets, Nishikori was too strong in the deciding third set, breaking the Russian’s serve three times to take the title in two hours and four minutes.
“I’m really happy to win the championship,” said the 29-year-old, who missed the start of the 2018 season out of injury and had to struggle to regain a place in the world top 10 rankings. “I’m glad I could get revenge for Medvedev beating me at last year’s Rakuten Japan Open.
“I want to come here next year and win again.”(Kyodo)