Milos Raonic exacted revenge on Roger Federer by beating the Swiss in straight sets to win the Brisbane International.
Federer beat Raonic to earn his 1,000th career win and lift the trophy 12 months ago, but yesterday the world number 14 came out on top thanks to a 6-4 6-4 victory in Australia.
Raonic plundered three opportunities to break the defending champion in the opening set, but Federer then made an unforced error on his forehand to allow his opponent to into a 5-4 lead.
Raonic, whose season has been hampered by injury, closed the set out, but came off the court following the third game of the second set with a thigh problem.
Federer failed to take advantage of a brief stutter by Raonic, who served three double faults and the Canadian took advantage to break in the seventh game before closing out the win in one hour and 27 minutes.
“It feels great,” Raonic told the ATP’s website after clinching his eighth tour title.
“It feels great considering how the past nine months have been. It adds a sort of cherry on top to all that. (The win) does great things. For myself it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is.
“At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going into Melbourne that I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.”
In India, Stan Wawrinka swept aside Croatian teenager Borna Coric to win his third successive Chennai Open.
Coric was hoping to pull off an upset against Wawrinka and win his first ATP Tour title, but the world number four easily defeated his 19-year-old opponent 6-3 7-5 yesterday.
It was the 30-year-old’s 11th tour-level crown and his fourth win in Chennai.
“I’m really happy to win the match the way I played today,” the Swiss told the ATP’s website.
“Again it was in two sets as it has been all tournament.”