A three-set win over Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Brisbane International gave Kei Nishikori his first tour triumph since 2016.
Kei Nishikori ended a three-year wait for a tour title after downing Daniil Medvedev in three sets in Sunday’s Brisbane International final.
The 29-year-old triumphed 6-4 3-6 6-2 in a little over two hours to claim his first ATP success since beating Taylor Fritz in Memphis in February 2016.
The world number nine, who had lost his last nine finals, including three in 2018, was looking to avenge a straight-sets loss to Medvedev in Tokyo last October.
He fought back from 3-0 down in the first set to take the next five games, eventually closing it out by serving to love.
Tenth time’s a charm in ATP finals for @keinishikori
Monte Carlo 2018
Buenos Aires 2017
Miami 2016 pic.twitter.com/YSsEHjvBjR
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) January 6, 2019
Momentum seemed to have swung away from Nishikori, who survived a scare to hold serve at the start of the third, but the Japanese reeled off four games in a row to move 5-1 ahead.
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.
Kei Nishikori is all smiles after winning his first #BrisbaneTennis in eight tries.
“Finally I won this title.” pic.twitter.com/Hn8nEPLBhU
— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 6, 2019