The Brisbane semi-finalist, and the defending champion, Milos Raonic, defeated the 14-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, to move into the semi-final. Nadal played vigorously till the half of the second set, as he had the first set already in bag. The lofty Canadian fired 23 aces to Nadal’s 4, and with an incredible first serve points won, i.e. 81%, he won 54% of the total points of the match. But, in the subsequent match, i.e. the semi-final, the Canadian lost to the Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov, in straight sets, who defeated the number 4 seed, Dominic Thiem in the quarter-final. It is the first time that Dimitrov has 2 top 10 wins in the same tournament, i.e. Thiem and Raonic.
The number 2 seed, Stan Wawrinka defeated the Brit, Kyle Edmund in a tightly packed 3-setter match in the quarter-final, where he had lost the first set in a tie-break. The Swiss went down to the Japanese, Kei Nishikori in the semi-final in straight sets, the first being a tie-break. Nishikori defeated Jordan Thompson in 3 sets, en route to the quarter-finals.
The final of the Brisbane International is set between
(7)Dimitrov and (3)Nishikori
Nishikori leads the head-to-head, 3-0, with all the three victories being on hard court. Dimitrov has only managed to take a set from Nishikori out of the total 7 played in the 3 matches.