The man of landmarks and records, Roger Federer claimed his 1000th match win of his career after he defeated the third seed Milos Raonic of Canada in three sets in the final of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. The 33-year-old Federer becomes just the third player in the Open Era to achieve the feat, joining American legend Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl from Czechoslovakia. The retired greats career wins are Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) respectively.
Roger Federer who had no difficulty in his recent rounds had a reasonably tough outing against Milos Raonic. Federer defeated Raonic in three sets 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4. Before this meeting with the Canadian, Federer led a healthy 7-1 head-to-head over Raonic, which he extended to 8-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series as he captured his 83rd title in his 125th tour-level final.
Federer hit 15 winners to just three unforced errors in an impressive opening set. He was stretched by never-say-die Canadian’s will to pull one set from Federer. The match went to the third and deciding set, where Federer got off to to good 2-0 lead.
Earlier, Roger Federer had disposed Australian wild card James Duckworth in quarter in just 39 minutes while he defeated Bulgarian player, Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Federer had finished runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane final one year earlier. He has an 83-42 record in tour-level finals. The Basel native has won at least one ATP World Tour title each year since 2001.