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Medvedev ousts Tsonga in Brisbane semi

Russian Daniil Medvedev has continued his strong early-season form, dispatching French favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to progress to the final in Brisbane.

Medvedev ousts Tsonga in Brisbane semi

Russian Daniil Medvedev has continued his strong early-season form, dispatching French favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to progress to the final in Brisbane.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV of Russia plays a backhand in his match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day four of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV of Russia plays a backhand in his match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day four of the Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Daniil Medvedev will play Kei Nishikori in the Brisbane International final after the Russian's clever serving proved too much for tiring Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 22-year-old lost just 10 points on serve all match - at one stage winning 17 straight points on his delivery - in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 win on Saturday.


But the world No.16 almost let the first set slip as Tsonga twice rallied from 0-40 down to hold serve and then shoot to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker.

That became 6-4 before Medvedev won the next four points to claim the set.

Tsonga, on the comeback from knee surgery that saw him miss seven months of last year's tour, couldn't touch the Russian in the second set as the match wrapped up in 84 minutes.

Medvedev's finals appearances builds again on his breakout 2018 season, in which he won more matches on hard courts (38) than any other man on tour.

Second seed Nishikori was equally impressive in his 6-2 6-2 defeat of Jeremy Chardy earlier in the day.

The pair having split their two previous career meetings one-all, while Nishikori is chasing his first title in nearly three years.

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