Top-seeded Roger Federer recorded the 1,000th win of his ATP career in a victory over Milos Raonic in Sunday's final at the season-opening Brisbane International.
"It feels very different to any other match I've ever won," said Federer. "One thousand means a lot because it's such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1,000 is going to take a while. It's funny emotions right now, but clearly very proud and happy."
It wasn't easy for Federer on Sunday, as he won the first set but then lost in a tiebreak to the third-seeded Raonic. In the third set, Federer broke Raonic's serve to record the 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 victory.
"Looking back it's almost nicer winning this way, through a tight match with nerves and humid conditions against a great player in a final," said Federer. "It means so much more than just running away with it with the score maybe 6-4, 6-4, which was looking very likely at one stage. I guess I was much more happy having to go three sets in the end rather than winning in straight."
The 33-year-old Federer improved to 8-1 against the 24-year-old Canadian in winning his 83rd career ATP singles title.
Brisbane serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open, which will begin Jan. 19 in Melbourne.