Dimitrov books surprise Brisbane final

The Bulgarian had not triumphed since the Aegon Championships at Queens in 2014 but that wait is over after he overcame third seed Nishikori 6-2 2-6 6-3. "I didn't play my best but I'm really happy that I did it", Siniakova said at the presentation.

Dimitrov won't play in any more tournaments before the Australian Open, where his best finish was a quarter-final in 2014, while Nishikori is set to play in the Fast4 exhibition alongside Rafael Nadal in Sydney on Monday night.

Kei Nishikori will have a shot at claiming his first title in Brisbane as he will be going head-to-head against Grigor Dimitrov in the title clash on Sunday.

The two finalists were evenly matched for the first two sets.

"He has quite a few weapons if you think about it".

"I didn't miss nearly whole set in the first set", Pliskova said.

But the Bulgarian saved it and soon converted his own before breaking Raonic's serve twice in the second set.

Dimitrov will now move onto the Apia International in Sydney, where he finished as runner-up past year, as continued preparation for the Australian Open. But he hasn't won a title since his success in Brisbane previous year.

Raonic didn't blame the late finish Friday in his comeback quarterfinal win over Rafael Nadal, or the toll that playing the 14-time Grand Slam victor took on his body. He has a 3-0 record against Dimitrov, who lost the 2013 Brisbane final to Andy Murray.

After surviving three break points during his first two service games, Dimitrov went on to break Nishikori and then won four consecutive games to close out the set. "These 10 days out here for this tournament have been the most fun I've ever had on a tennis court and off the court", Dimitrov said.

The Czech world No 52 fulfilled her promise as a junior with a first senior title after losing her two previous WTA finals in Bastad and Tokyo past year. 20 year old Katerina Siniakova won her first WTA title in Shenzhen with an impressive path that included beating both Simona Halep and Johanna Konta.

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