Friday 9 December 2016

Raonic's Brisbane delight

Independent.ie Newdesk

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Milos Raonic of Canada, left, speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning the men's final match during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Tertius Pickard/AP
Milos Raonic of Canada, left, speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland after winning the men's final match during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Tertius Pickard/AP

Milos Raonic exacted revenge on Roger Federer by beating the Swiss in straight sets to win the Brisbane International.

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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 take 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 broke 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."

Meanwhile, world number four Stan Wawrinka cruised past Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-3 7-5 to claim his third successive Chennai Open title yesterday.

The top-seeded Swiss defeated the 19-year-old Coric, the youngest ATP World Tour finalist since Kei Nishikori at Delray Beach in 2008, to win his fourth title in six years in Chennai. Wawrinka, who has two grand slam titles, converted his first break point to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set.

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