Milos Raonic has started his 2016 season on the same positive note he began last year – by making the final of his very first tournament. Defeating local hope Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in the semifinals on Saturday, Raonic advanced into the Brisbane International championship match.
It was a close battle between the two athletes, seeded No. 4 (Raonic) and No. 7 (Tomic) respectively, with neither allowing their opponent much opportunity to jump ahead. The match featured zero break points and was determined in the tiebreakers. With 13 aces and an 81 per cent winning percentage on his first serve, Raonic was able to clinch the important points to secure the triumph in one hour and 47 minutes.
In the final, 25-year-old Raonic will face No. 1 seed Roger Federer. The highest-ranked Canadian lost to Federer in a tightly-contested three-set final last year. Raonic, currently ranked world No. 14, will be competing in his 16th career ATP World Tour final. His current record in those matches is 7-8.