But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in almost three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena. "I served well, I returned well - I think that was the key today - and I was moving well, that was fantastic".
"I think today was probably one of the most ideal matches I've ever played in my career", said Vekic.
The Frenchman failed to realize any of his two break points chances in the second game of the second set. "I feel like I didn't really know how to cope with not playing well", Osaka said.
"He played incredible", Medvedev said of Nishikori.
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Once as high as number four in the world, Nishikori drifted out to 39 in April previous year before lifting himself back inside the top 10. He served out the set to level the match, 6-3.
"Physically and tennis-wise I think it was flawless".
Nishikori, who last won a Tour title in 2016, made light work of his opponent 6-2 6-2 in the day session.
He was runner-up in Brisbane in 2017 but went one better this year in a superb final.
Medvedev saved all eight of the break points he faced in an impressive 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 victory over Milos Raonic, who was beaten despite serving 29 aces.
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"I was sulking a bit and there are moments that I tried not to do that".
Earlier, former world number one Karolina Pliskova battled back from a set and a break down to beat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and win the women's title for the second time.
"I'm going to go there and practice tomorrow and see how it goes and decide from there", he told AAP.
"This helpless feeling I have, I think today I learned what I have to do to, not fix it, but what I can do to improve the situation so there aren't many moments that I feel like that", the Japanese added.
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