London, Jan 12 : 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer beat big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic to secure his 1,000th career win as he bagged the Brisbane International title.
Federer beat Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 on Pat Rafter Arena to clinch his 83rd career title and the Swiss becomes the third man, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to secure 1,000 ATP wins.
The world number two said that he has played a lot of tennis over the years so to get to 1,000 wins means a lot to him, adding that it is a special moment undoubtedly, and insisting that he would never forget this match, the BBC reported.
Federer, who lost to Lleyton Hewitt in last year's Brisbane final, is the first player since Lendl in 1992 to reach the milestone and has now won at least one tournament every year since 2001, an unbroken run spanning 15 seasons.
The Swiss now heads to Melbourne to begin preparations for the Australian Open , which begins on 19 January and is a Grand Slam he has won four times.
Federer secured the win over Raonic in two hours and 13 minutes.
Raonic said that they all know that it was a significant milestone for Federer on Sunday, adding that when they came out and they listed all the things one has won, he thought one must have been playing for 2,000 wins. (ANI)
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