He will head in as favourite on Sunday against 16th-ranked Medvedev, although the 22-year-old put on a serving clinic of his own to press his title claims in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 defeat of French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Playing with these guys, these top players, always motivates me.
"I managed to come back in the second set, but he played wonderful and deserved it", Medvedev said of Nishikori.
Medvedev had won three titles just previous year, one of them against Nishikori.in Japan, just to rub salt into the wound.
"Everything was working well today", Nishikori said.
"I think today was probably one of the most flawless matches I've ever played in my career", said Vekic.
"I think we need him on tour".
"I feel nearly home there, so I hope I can do well, better than a quarter-final".
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The world number nine defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev, the man who beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-4 3-6 6-2.
"I'm really happy that finally I've won this title, it's been like seven or eight times at this tournament", Nishikori said.
"And he did really well the last game, I mean the 4-3 game". The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.
Osaka kicked the air at one point and dropped her racket to the court after missing another, before visibly questioning how she could be getting it so wrong when her forehand skewed wide on game point.
"I was sulking a bit and there are moments that I tried not to do that".
"I feel like last year I did a lot of that, and I'm trying to change it more, and I think I have - like toward the end of last year".