Milos Raonic took advantage of an uncharacteristically error-prone performance from Roger Federer to beat the Swiss 6-4 6-4 and clinch the Brisbane International on Sunday.
Raonic, who lost in the final of the Mubadala Tennis Championships to Rafael Nadal last week, looked sharp and confident as he outclassed Federer during their 90 minutes on court – holding all 10 of his service games on the way to a significant early season victory.
As the game wore on Federer struggled to contain his frustration with the level of his own game, dropping his racket in one frustration after one unforced error as the Canadian was closing in on the second set.
Raonic broke his opponent in the ninth game of the first set to edge into the ascendancy and then did so again in the seventh game of the second set to put himself on course for victory.
The win is his second victory in 11 meetings with Federer.
Federer afterwards hinted that illness had prevented him from giving the best account of himself and winning his 89th career title.