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Victorious Grigor Dimitrov/Photo: AFP

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov claimed his first title in over two years following a 6-2 2-6 6-3 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Sunday to win the Brisbane International.

It took Dimitrov one hour and 48 minutes to dispatch the Japanese, who is ranked fifth in the world.

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The world number 17 won the first set quickly before Nishikori took four straight games to level the match.

Bulgarian seals victory

The 25-year-old then broke Nishikori in the final set, despite tweaking his ankle, to clinch the title.

It was another setback for Nishikori who had reached the Brisbane final six times but never won the tournament.

Meanwhile, second seed Roberto Agut claimed his first Chennai Open title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The Spanish player needed an hour and 13 minutes to triumph in consecutive sets.