Second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan on Saturday eased into the Brisbane International final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, moving a step closer to his first title since 2016. 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.
And he hopes that he can continue the momentum into the Australian Open, where he has never been beyond the quarter-finals.
Last year Medvedev defeated Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, in front of the 19-year-old's home crowd.
Though the world No.27 fought bravely - pushing her opponent to the final point - her movement was limited and Pliskova's experience saw her claim the greatly-desired win.
Daniil Medvedev may skip his Sydney International defence after a deep run in Brisbane ended with rivals predicting his rise into the world's top 10.
Any thought Medvedev would take the momentum into the decider proved wrong as Nishikori stormed to a 5-1 lead, eventually wrapping up the final in just over two hours.
"It was a unusual match today, but the beginning of the sets was important".
"I don't know what really changed at 5-4", Tsurenko said.
The 30-year-old Spaniard missed much of last year with injury, but beat both Stan Wawrinka and world No1 Novak Djokovic on his way to his first title since Dubai last year. He took the risk and he did well and credit to him for second set.
World No.8 Karolina Pliskova has made a strong statement to kick off her Australian summer, after she overcame a major scare to claim her second Brisbane International title from courageous Ukrainian, Lesia Tsurenko.
The Croatian had earlier dismantled last year's finalist Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-0. The same scenario happened in the second set as Chardy was 2-1 up before the world No.