Milos Raonic defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the Brisbane International final in Australia on Sunday to capture his eighth career ATP World Tour title in the first week of the 2016 season.
With six double faults and a 56 per cent first serve percentage, it wasn’t Raonic’s best serving day but he still stayed steady and won the important points. He saved the only break point he faced all match while capitalizing on break chances on Federer’s serve to take a 5-4 lead in the first set and a 4-3 lead in the second set. He closed out the win in just under 90 minutes.
“The win does great things,” Raonic said in his post-match press conference. “For myself, this signifies within the team how concrete and how good the work we’re doing is. And at the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had in the last year, it’s a good way to show the guys I will face going into Melbourne that I’ve got myself back together and I can play some good tennis again.”
The result is a bit of revenge for Raonic, as last year it was Federer who beat the Canadian for the Brisbane title. It is the 25-year-old’s second career triumph over the Swiss legend.
Raonic, currently ranked world No. 14, has now won at least one trophy in each of the past six seasons. The win also brings Raonic’s record in finals to an even 8-8.
“It feels great, and considering how the last nine months for me have been this is the cherry on top of all of that,” he said. “I want to focus on my tennis and I want to do better and I stepped up and was able to show that to myself and everybody else today and that’s what I‘m most proud of.”