Federer becomes third to win 1,000

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Federer becomes third to win 1,000

Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title with a seesawing 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over Milos Raonic in the Brisbane International final on Sunday, local time.

The 17-time major winner broke Raonic’s serve in the third game and again in the opening game of the second set before the Canadian broke back in the fourth game and then dominated the tiebreaker, winning the last seven points.

After overcoming his early nerves, third-seeded Raonic was playing a cool, composed game until he served his first double-fault of the third set, giving Federer championship point. He netted a forehand on the next point to end the 2 hour, 13-minute match.

Only retired greats Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) have won more than 1,000 matches on the men’s tour.

“Special moment. I’m glad I got it,’’ Federer said. “To get to 1,000 match wins in front of you guys ... it really means a lot to me. I’ll never forget this match.’’

The 33-year-old Swiss star started the 2015 season with a 996-227 career record.

AP

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